Heat Emergency

It’s July, which means for most of us, it’s the dog days of summer: it’s hot and the AC bill is through the roof! One thing to remember during the dog days of summer is how to prevent, identify and treat heat-related emergencies.

Heat-related emergencies occur when a person’s body is unable to cool itself through sweating and heat loss into the air. It is most common when a person becomes dehydrated, and there is high temperature with high humidity and no breeze. The people most at risk are those who work or exercise outdoors in the heat, such as athletes, laborers, and soldiers, or those who have poor tolerance to heat, such as the elderly, the very young, alcoholics, or people who are obese or have medical problems.

It’s key to recognize a heat-related emergency and treat it before it becomes life-threatening. There are 3 types of heat-related emergencies, each heat-related condition is progressively more serious.

Always Plan Ahead

It’s easy to overlook what you’ll need for a day trip, but planning ahead can prevent you from becoming a statistic: around 1,500 people die in the U.S. from heat-related emergencies each year. When it’s hot and humid out and you know you’ll be outdoors, do yourself and your loved ones a favor by planning ahead. This can be as simple as packing water or sports drinks, a hat, and an umbrella.