Temperatures are rising as summer approaches, so be careful if you’re spending a lot of time out in the sun. Heat stroke can come on quickly, so keep an eye on yourself and your crew to make sure everyone is safe. Below are the signs of heat stroke and what to do if it strikes.
Signs of Heat Stroke:
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Fatigue and weakness
- Hot, dry skin
- Very high body temperature
What do do if Heat Stroke Strikes:
- Call 911 for emergency medical care.
- Stay with the worker until emergency medical services arrive.
- Move the worker to a shaded, cool area and remove outer clothing.
- Cool the worker quickly with a cold water or ice bath if possible; wet the skin, place cold wet cloths on skin or soak clothing with cool water.
- Circulate the air around the worker to speed cooling.
- Place cold, wet cloths or ice on head, neck, armpits and groin; or soak the clothing with cool water.