Heat stroke vs. heat exhaustion: know the signs


With today’s heat index already topping 115 in some locations, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are a big concern.

It is important to stay hydrated, wear light clothing, and take breaks from the sun if you work outside. Make sure you know the signs.

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Signs for heat exhaustion include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache, severe sweating and dizziness.

Heat stroke signs are more severe and include high body temp, absence of sweating, hot or red flushed skin, difficulty breathing, confusion, and disorientation.

AMR Chief Deputy Charles Wise says if you start seeing those signs, you need to go to the ER or call 911 because they can be deadly. “It is extremely hot with this heat index that we are seeing in South Mississippi at this time. So look for those signs in the guys that you are working with. You want to look for dizziness, the confusion, especially if they stop sweating. I mean, that is the most important thing, if they quit sweating get them somewhere cool, activate EMS, and get them to a cool area.”

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AMR also wants to remind everyone the dangers of leaving pets and children inside hot cars because with this heat, death could happen within minutes.

Also make sure you are checking on any elderly loved ones in this weather.