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Rural/Metro tips to avoid heat illness

Rochester, N.Y. Sweltering heat has settled into Rochester and many Rochester residents are looking for relief.

Rural/Metro Medical Services has issued some safety tips to avoid heat illnesses due to the body being unable to keep cool.

Rural/Metro said that the best defense against heat illness is prevention, by drinking water, staying indoors and using fans or air conditioning, wear loose clothing and limiting exposure to heat.

Signs of heat stroke include a high body temperature, rapid pulse, dry skin, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness and a lack of sweating.

Rural/Metro said that the best defense against heat illness is prevention, by drinking water, staying indoors and using fans or air conditioning, wearing loose clothing and limiting exposure to heat.

If someone you know is suffering from heat stroke, you should call 911 and get the victim out of the heat and cool the victim down with cool water from a hose, shower or a tub. Rural/Metro warns that the victim not be given fluids.

Heat exhaustion is different than heat stroke and is treated differently. Signs of heat exhaustion are heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, headache, fainting, nausea, and dizziness.

Someone who is suffering from heat exhaustion can be treated by drinking cool non-alcoholic drinks, rest, and cool shower or bath.

According to the Center for Disease Control, heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable with proper care.

 

 
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