Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. With summer starting, we want to reach those most vulnerable to extreme heat events and prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Please share this important information!
Know the Warning Signs
Muscle cramping might be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Here is how you can recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do:
|Heat Exhaustion||What you should do|
|Heavy sweating||Move to a cooler location.|
|Weakness||Lie down and loosen your clothing.|
|Cold, pale, |
|Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.|
|Fast, weak pulse||Sip water.|
|Nausea/vomiting, fainting||If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.|
|Heat Stroke||What you should do|
|High body temperature (above 103°F)||Call 911 immediately – this is a medical emergency.|
|Hot, red, dry or moist |
|Move the person to a cooler environment.|
|Rapid and strong pulse||Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.|
|Do NOT give fluids.|
Heat and low income
- If you have air conditioning, use it to keep your home cool.
- If you can’t afford to use your air conditioning:
- Contact Community in Action at (541) 889-9555 for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) information.
- Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Check on a friend or neighbor, and have someone do the same for you.
- Seek medical care immediately if you have, or someone you know has, symptoms of heat-related illness.
Article adapted from the Oregon Health Authority Health Security, Preparedness and Response Extreme Heat website. Info-graphic from Driving Healthy.