As temperatures soar this summer, it’s important that we all know how to beat the heat and prevent a heatstroke. Especially for those of you who like to get active and like to do it outside.

To cover the basics a heatstroke occurs when the core body temperature rises to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit and organs can’t function properly.

As we all know, the best prevention method for anything is awareness and education, so it’s essential to learn the signs of heatstroke.

The symptoms of a heatstroke include…

Body temperature of 104 F or greater
Lack of sweating. Skin will feel hot and dry, unless heatstroke is cause by exercise.
Nausea, vomiting or both
Flushed/red skin
Rapid, shallow breathing
Confusion and/or unconsciousness
Muscle cramps or weakness
Strong and rapid pulse

Heatstroke is life-threatening so if you suspect that someone is suffering from a heatstroke, you should immediately try to cool them down. Take them out of the sun, give them a cool beverage to drink, preferably water, and fan them with cool air.

Having witnessed several heat strokes over the years, I want everyone to be safe this summer and take precautions.

So take care and have fun this summer!

Much love,

Haley Pontius


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