In this current heatwave it’s important to remember some critical information. Heat related stroke is a medical emergency that is often fatal if not properly and promptly treated.  Heat stroke is a form of hyperthermia, when the body temperature is elevated to a critical level. We normally keep our body temperature cooler by radiating heat through our skin or by the evaporation of sweat. In extreme heat the body may not be able to dissipate the heat, and body temperature rises to an unsafe level.

Heat stroke may come on fast with some of these symptoms: high body temp, absence of sweating, red flushed skin, disorientation, difficulty breathing, rapid pulse. Get the victim to a shady area, if possible get him to drink water or any decaffeinated, non-alcoholic liquid, put ice or cold packs under arms, and call 911.

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