Summer brings sunshine, long days, outdoor recreation, and lots of yard work. With all there is to do in the great outdoors, too much summer heat can also be dangerous and put you at risk for heat-related illnesses. Young children (infants and children up to to age four) and adults past age 65 are particularly vulnerable. The risk of heat-related illness is substantial, with over 6,000 people seeking emergency treatment each year (according to a report by the CDC).
Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses
Heat-related illnesses can be prevented, but it is also important to be aware of the symptoms and first-aid measures to take if necessary. Here is a brief outline of the symptoms and recommended first aid treatment for heat-related illnesses. Whatever your age, don’t let the summer heat get the best of you.
For more tips and FAQs regarding heat-related illnesses, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/faq.asp