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Preventing a Heat Stroke

As summer is near, we know how harsh the sun can be. Especially here in the Imperial County and Coachella Valley, we reach temperatures up to 110 and sometimes even higher! We will discuss how you and your family can stay safe during the summer time.

What is a heat stroke? A heat stroke is a condition caused by your body over heating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures.

A heat stroke can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs.

Know the signs:

  1. Dizziness

  2. Headaches

  3. Vomiting

  4. Dry, hot, red skin

  5. Lack of sweating

  6. Rapid, shallow breathing

  7. Unconsciousness

What do do if you or someone you know experience any of the symptoms above:

  1. Call 911/transport them to a hospital

  2. Put the person in a cool area/shade

  3. Fan while misting with cool water

  4. Let the person drink cool water

  5. Place ice packs to the person’s armpits, groin, neck, and back

  6. If they begin to lose consciousness and show no signs of breathing, coughing, or movement, begin CPR

Everyone can be at risk for a heat stroke. Here’s what you can do to prevent your chances:

  1. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages

  2. Drink plenty of water

  3. Avoid activities on humid days/plan activities in doors

  4. Dress in loose clothing

  5. Use sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more

  6. Limit your time outdoors

  7. Take a cool shower before


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