Saturday, July 17, 2010
Flash Beagle is lounging in the cool indoor comfort during this hot weather.
With this week's hot temperatures and high humidity, the heat index is expected to be anywhere from 110 to 120 degrees! And it's those types of conditions that make heat exhaustion and heat stroke a possibility.
Here are some signs to watch out for:
Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
HEAT STROKE WARNING SIGNS
•An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
•Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
•Rapid, strong pulse
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment.
HEAT EXHAUSTION WARNING SIGNS
•Nausea or vomiting