Heat Stroke: How to Beat the Heat in Florida

Posted by Steve Bigner & filed under Vertical Event HVAC Units.

the hot florida sun can be a killer if precautions are not taken to avoid heat strokeHere in Florida hot sunny days can be dangerous for people working outdoors. Heat stroke occurs due to prolonged exposure to high temperature or sun. It progresses from mild illnesses like cramps and fainting to heat exhaustion. Heat, together with the harmful effects of the sun, can seriously endanger the health and safety of outdoor workers. Roofing work and lifting heavy loads are just a few tasks where precautions should be taken. In general, not only outdoor workers but also others must be cautious during hot sunny days.

What are the symptoms of heat stroke?

A body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit is the vital sign of heat stroke. The other symptoms include:

    Nausea
    Vomiting
    Faintness
    Rapid heartbeat
    Shallow breathing
    Muscle cramps or weakness
    A throbbing headache
    Confusion
    Disorientation
    Staggering
    Seizures
    Unconsciousness

Heat stroke is the most severe of heat-related problems, after heat cramps and heat exhaustion. It often results from exercise or heavy work in hot environments combined with inadequate fluid intake.

What to do for a person suffering from heat stroke

If you find anyone has a heat stroke then take that person immediately to a hospital. If possible, shift the victim to a cool room or shady area and remove clothing. Note the victim’s body temperature and start giving first aid.

Cool the person by covering them with damp sheets or by spraying with cool water. Direct air onto the person with a fan or a portable ac unit while wetting the body with water from a sponge or garden hose. Apply ice packs to the areas that are rich in blood supply, such as the back, neck, armpits, groin, etc. Cooling these areas reduces body temperature quickly. If possible immerse the person in a tub of cool water.

Have the person drink cool water or other non-alcoholic beverages without caffeine, if he or she is able. Do not give carbonated drinks to a person having a heat stroke!

At Portable Air we have the equipment to keep you and your workers cool, so take no chances and call us today.

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