With temperatures rising here in metro Detroit, please keep an eye out for heat exhaustion. It can happen to you, or anyone of your crew members. Here’s what to look for, and what to do if it strikes.

Signs of heat exhaustion:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness and weakness
  • Irritability
  • Extreme thirst
  • Nausea
  • Heavy sweating
  • Decreased urine output

 

What to do:

  • Take the worker to a clinic or emergency room for medical evaluation and treatment.
  • If medical care is unavailable, call 911.
  • Someone should stay with the worker until help arrives.
  • Remove the worker from the hot area and give liquids to drink.
  • Remove unnecessary clothing, including shoes and socks.
  • Cool the worker with cold compresses or have the worker wash head, face and neck with cold water.
  • Encourage frequent sips of cool water.