Symptoms of heat-related illness may include:
- rapid breathing
- dizziness or fainting
- rapid heartbeat
- extreme thirst and
- decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.
If anyone has these symptoms, we suggest the following to cool off as soon as possible:
- move to a shaded or air conditioned area
- drink plenty of fluids, and rest
- Contact your health care practitioner, a friend and/or a family member.
Heat strokes are considered a medical emergency. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature, is unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating. Friends, family and neighbors should check on those who may be vulnerable and subject to any symptoms of overheating and who may need help keeping cool or taking other preventative actions.
Ways to help prevent heat-related illness:
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water
- Never leave anyone or pets in a parked car
- Seek cooler or air conditioned spaces, such as shopping malls, arenas or any other public areas
- If you are taking medication or have a health condition, ask your health care practitioner or pharmacist if it increases your health risk in the heat and follow their recommendations
- Check on elderly family members and neighbors daily to make sure they are keeping cool
- Wear light-weight, loose fitting clothing
- Take cool showers or baths, or use cool, wet towels on your face, neck or arms
- The use of a fan alone may not provide enough relief from the heat
- Avoid strenuous activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest
- Avoid going out in the sun, if possible. If you are outdoors, wear sunscreen
- Avoid heavy meals and using your oven
- Keep curtains closed to block sun during the day
For more information contact the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519.352.7270.