How to prevent heat stroke

First Aid for Signs of Heat Illness

Heatstroke can cause permanent damage or death so quick and decisive attention can be lifesaving. If you suspect that someone may be experiencing heat injury:

  • Have someone call for medical assistance
  • Move the person out of the heat and place them in a cool environment
  • Remove tight or heavy clothing
  • Place cold water on the individual; fan to stimulate sweating
  • Place an ice pack under the armpits and groin of the individual to initiate rapid cooling
  • Have the person lie down on their back with their feet slightly elevated
  • Have the person drink cool water or a non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverage
  • Take the individual’s temperature with a thermometer if possible and monitor closely.

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