Tips on Surviving the Heat and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion/Stroke

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Tips on Surviving the Heat and Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion/Stroke


Olde Key Title received the following blog post via email from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue’s Chief, Richard Bowers, that we thought we would share with you, titled “Tips on Surviving the Heat and Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion/Stroke”, that is very applicable today because of the weather!

“Today is going to be another sizzling day in the metropolitan area with sustained, high temperatures and heat index making it especially dangerous for the those at greatest risk including the elderly, the young, those with existing medical conditions and those that work outdoors. 

While staying hydrated is essential all year long, it is particularly important when temperatures soar. Fire Chief Richard Bowers is urging residents to to stay cool, stay hydrated and to check on the welfare of elderly or at-risk neighbors. ‘Summer heat waves can be dangerous and even short periods of high temperatures cause serious health problems. Whether on the sports field or the construction site, folks need to take action to prevent heat-related illness.’

During hot weather and extreme heat this summer, keep informed by listening to local weather and news channels, use common sense and take a minute to review the tips below.

1. Pre-hydrate, hydrate and re-hydrate. During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Drink plenty of fluids in advance, during and after activities and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate.  Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluids you drink or has prescribed water pills, ask how much you should drink when the weather is hot.  

2.  Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect some of the sun’s energy. Limit your direct exposure to the sun and wear a hat for extra protection.

3.  Monitor those at high risk.

Extreme heat can be hazardous to your health and although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Those most at risk for heat-related illnesses include children, older adults, those that work or exercise outside and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Elderly, low income or individuals with disabilities in Montgomery County in need of a fan can call 240-777-3000 for information on free fans.

4. Children and cars – use common sense. Never leave infants, children, pets or the elderly in a parked car where temperatures can become life-threatening in minutes, even with the windows rolled down. Additionally, hot interior surfaces of a car can burn a child’s skin. Before you put your child in a car that has been parked in a warm/sunny spot, check the temperature of the carseat or upholstery first. 

5. Avoid strenuous activity.

When possible, strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest part of the day. Take regular breaks when exercising or engaged in physical activity on warm days. If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing signs of a heat-related illness, stop the activity immediately, find a cool place to rest, hydrate and seek medical attention if necessary.

Remember, heat stroke is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY that can be fatal if not treated promptly. The American Red Cross advises that warning signs can vary among individuals but common signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke may include:   

Heat Exhaustion:

      -  Heavy sweating

      -  Muscle cramps

      -  Pulse rate: fast and weak

      -  Breathing: fast and shallow

      -  Nausea or vomiting

      -  Fatigue

      -  Weakness

      -  Headache and/or dizziness 

Heat Stroke: -  An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees)

-  The absence of sweating

-  Rapid pulse

-  Difficulty breathing

-  Throbbing headache

-  Strange behavior and/or hallucinations

-  Confusion, agitation and disorientation

-  Unconscious

6. Be a good neighbor.

Isolated, elderly adults are at a much higher risk of health-related issues. Be a good neighbor and take a minute to check in with your neighbors. 

7. Remember your pets. Hot weather can affect the well-being of pets making them susceptible to overheating which can lead to very dangerous heat stroke. Always provide a source of water and a cool, ventilated  place for your pet. Leaving your pet inside a parked car, even for a few minutes, can be fatal. The inside of a car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.

8. Stay indoors, if possible.  Stay indoors and, if possible, in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, consider going to the shopping mall, community center or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you return to the heat. ”

You can find this blog post, along with others, at the following website:  http://mcfrs.blogspot.com/2012/07/tips-on-surviving-heat-and-signs-and.html

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Roy Kelley, a real estate broker since 1960, has retired from his position as Associate Broker with RE/MAX Realty Group in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The needs of past clients and referrals will be met by long time associates. 



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Roy, this is something we all need to be prepared for this time of the year, taking preventive measures helps to cope better with prolong summer heat. Thanks for sharing this with us.

 

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July 19, 2012 07:54 AM
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Roy,  The heat is something that sneaks up on so many without them even knowing what is causing their illness.  It has been a crazy summer across the nation.  I'm a summer kind of gal, but I am actually looking forward to fall.  Not snow - just fall. 

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Hi Roy,

Very informative article Roy.  We are pretty used to the hot temperatures in Texas but it seems the whole country is in the grips of a heat wave. 

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Thanks for your comments.  Be sure to keep seniors in mind on the hot days of summer.  

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Roy - excellent advice for all of us with this summer heat.  Water- water-water!!! And, please let's remember those cars get hot even with a window cracked. And they're too hot for our pets as well. 

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