Heat Related Emergencies

Working, training, or playing in extreme heat can be dangerous. If a person doesn’t take the proper care, exposure to extremely hot environments can lead to life-threatening medical conditions.

Heat-Related Emergency:

Dehydration, excessive clothing in hot/humid temperatures, excessive sweating, overexposure to a hot environment, too much exercise.

Signs of Dehydration:

  • Weakness
  • Thirst or dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Less urination than usual

If you suspect that a person is dehydrated, contact a healthcare provider right away. The best first aid for dehydration is prevention: Make sure a person drinks and eats enough to stay hydrated.

As you age, you’re more likely to develop chronic medical conditions that impair your body’s temperature regulation. Older adults may also take prescription medications that change their temperature balance. That’s why it’s particularly important for older adults to use sunscreen and wear appropriate protective clothing when outdoors. They should dress in layers that protect them from warm or cold weather. Staying hydrated is also very important to help to protect them against heat-related illnesses.