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Heatwave – Know the danger signs

By December 28, 2019 December 29th, 2019 Aged Care, Disability, Family, Heatwave Series

Heat-Related Illnesses

Today we continue with Part 3 of our Heatwave Series. Adelaide is no stranger to long periods of heatwave conditions where temperatures can hover around 40° to 45° Celcius. As we work to ensure our clients are safe and their health is not at risk during these periods, we thought that it was important for South Australians to be reminded of the warning signs of heat-related illness.

Please feel free to pass this information on to family and friends, especially those who may be most vulnerable at this time of year

HEAT STROKE

What to look for

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

What to do

  • Move to a cool place
  • Loosen your clothes
  • Put cool, wet cloths on your body or take a cool bath
  • Sip water

Get medical help right away if:

  • You are throwing up
  • Your symptoms get worse
  • Your symptoms last longer than 1 hour

HEAT EXHAUSTION

What to look for

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fainting (passing out)

What to do

  • Call 000 right away-heat stroke is a medical emergency
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Help lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
  • Do not give the person anything to drink

HEAT CRAMPS

What to look for

  • Heavy sweating during intense exercise
  • Muscle pain or spasms

What to do

  • Stop physical activity and move to a cool place
  • Drink water or a sports drink
  • Wait for cramps to go away before you do any more physical activity

Get medical help right away if:

  • Cramps last longer than 1 hour
  • You’re on a low-sodium diet
  • You have heart problems
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