With temperatures on the rise, heat stroke is a real possibility. Learn the facts, including the signs and symptoms, and prevention techniques to promote health and safety in your workplace.
What is Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke (also known as sunstroke) is a serious form of heat injury often caused by dehydration in addition to engaging in strenuous activity in a hot environment. It puts a major strain on major internal organs, such as the brain, heart, and lungs.
What are the Symptoms?
The following symptoms are associated with heat stroke:
- Dizziness & Fainting
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Muscle Weakness & Cramps
- Intense Thirst
- Rapid Breathing
What to Do?
If you, or one of your coworkers is experiencing any or all of the above symptoms, do the following to regulate body temperature:
- Get indoors or in the shade
- Cool the skin:
- Have a cool shower
- Use an icepack
- Place wet towels at the back of neck
- Remove excess clothing
Heat stroke can result in serious damage to your health. If your (or your coworker’s) body temperature does not lower within 30 minutes, it is important to seek medical attention.
To prevent heat stroke:
- Stay hydrated
- Wear a hat
- Wear light-coloured loose-fitting cotton clothes
- Cool down- stay in the shade, if possible, eat cold foods