Monday, July 20, 2015

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion

From the Mississippi Dept of Health:

Some of the state's hottest weather this year is ahead this week, and Mississippians, especially those who are older, should take precautions. In 2012, 11 Mississippians died from heat exposure.
To stay safe this year, we recommend that you:
  • Stay indoors as much as possible in the middle of the day
  • Drink water regularly, especially when you are outdoors
  • Wear a hat wide enough to protect your head, face and neck
  • Avoid strenuous activity outdoors
Be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion:
  • Heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness or fainting
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • A weak pulse that is faster than normal
Cool off immediately if these symptoms are present, and seek medical help if they are severe, or if you have high blood pressure or heart problems.

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