Heat Related Illnesses

Heat Exhaustion

  • Weakness, lightheadedness, headaches, dizziness, fainting
  • Upset stomach or vomiting
  • Pale complexion, clammy or moist skin, heavy sweating
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Mood changes, irritability, confusion, giddiness

Heat Stroke

  • Hot, dry skin
  • Body temperature of 103 degrees or higher
  • Mental confusion or loss of consciousness

Safety Tips

  • Avoid heavy exercise or work in the heat unless you are used to it
  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Don't wait until you're thirsty to start drinking
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks or heavy meals
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes
  • Take frequent breaks, especially if you notice you're getting a headache, cramps or start to feel overheated
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible and move to stay in a cool, shaded area
  • Wear a hat or cap
  • Use cooling fans
  • Rest regularly
  • Watch for signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses