Feeling the summer heat? Here are tips to prevent heat exhaustion

ORLANDO, Fla. — The summer season can bring a lot of sunshine but it can also bring high temperatures. The Florida Department of Health is warning residents and visitors about the dangers of heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

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But they have some tips to help beat the heat and stay cool:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Those who are at high risk of heat-related illness, including the elderly and young children, should stay in an air-conditioned environment (a shopping mall or a public library are good alternatives)
  • If you need to work or exercise outside, take breaks and pace yourself
  • Do not leave children or pets in parked cars, even if the windows are left open
  • Use sunscreen with a SPF 15 or higher
  • Wear a hat and lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Leave your pets with plenty of water in shady areas
  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips

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Heatstroke symptoms include any of the following:

  • Extremely high body temperature, 103ºF or higher
  • Hot, red, dry or damp skin
  • No sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Chills
  • Throbbing headache
  • Confusion/dizziness
  • Slurred speech

If someone does experience heatstroke:

  • Call 911 right away
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Help lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
  • Do not give the person anything to drink

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Heat exhaustion symptoms include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Extreme weakness or fatigue
  • Dizziness/confusion
  • Nausea
  • Cold clammy/moist skin
  • Pale or flushed complexion
  • Muscle cramps
  • Slightly elevated body temperature
  • Fast/shallow breathing

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What to do for heat exhaustion:

  • Move to a cool place
  • Loosen your clothes
  • Put cool, wet towels/cloths on your body or take a cool bath
  • Sip water

Get medical help right away if:

  • You are throwing up
  • Your symptoms get worse
  • Your symptoms last longer than 1 hour

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