When heat stress turns into heat stroke, it can be fatal. This is why it is so important to be able to recognize the signs of heat stress so you can take action.
If you feel yourself experiencing any of the symptoms of heat stress:
- Take a break and find a cool area to rest
- Drink cool water or a sports drink with electrolytes
- Remove any excess, or layers, of clothing
If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, immediately call 911. Heat stroke can prove to be fatal very quickly so it’s important to take immediate action. Remove excess layers of clothing, fan the person and spray them with cool water while you wait for the ambulance to arrive. If the person is conscious, offer them sips of cool water.