Know These Signs For Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke
The warm (and hot) season is finally here. We have waited so long for winter to go away, and while I would never rule out snow in May (it's happened), looking at the next several days of weather from NOAA Binghamton, our high temperatures will range from the 60s to the 80s.
With hotter temperatures on the way and people heading outside to enjoy the day or for work, it's a good time to be reminded to be aware of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. There are certain tell-tale signs and actions to take.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, spending time outside during the warm weather months for any activities or work is encouraged to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.
The NIOSH lists the signs of heat exhaustion as dizziness, thirst, heavy sweating, nausea, and weakness. If you or someone you observe is showing any of these signs, act fast by moving to a cooler area, loosen clothing, sip water, and if the symptoms don't improve, seek medical attention.
For heat stroke, the warning signs according to the NIOSH include confusion, dizziness, and becoming unconscious. The actions include calling 911, moving the person to a cooler area, loosening clothing, removing extra layers, and cooling with water and ice.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says that heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, and heat stroke can cause permanent disability or even death if emergency treatment is not given.