Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. This website provides easily accessible resources for members of the public, local health departments and other organizations to assist ongoing outreach efforts to those most vulnerable to extreme heat events.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Heat-related Illness: Warning Signs and Symptoms
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|
|Faint or dizzy|
- Move to a cooler location.
- Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
- Lie down and loosen your clothing.
- If the person has vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.
|Fast, weak pulse|
|Nausea or vomiting|
|Cold, pale, clammy skin|
|Heat Stroke||What you should do|
|High body temperature (above 103°F)||
Call 911 immediately - heat stroke is a medical emergency.
- Move the person to a cooler environment.
- Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
|Red, hot, dry or damp skin|
|Fast, strong pulse|
Nausea or vomiting|
|May lose consciousness|