Heat Stress ‏[Heat Illness] Risk Factors, Symptoms, Prevention

Heat Illness
Exposure to heat can cause illness and death. The most serious heat illness is heat stroke. Other heat illnesses, such
as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash, should also be avoided. 

Risk Factors for Heat Illness
• High temperature and humidity, direct sun exposure, no breeze or wind • Low liquid intake; previous heat illnesses
• Heavy physical labor • Waterproof clothing • No recent exposure to hot workplaces

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
• Headache, dizziness, or fainting • Weakness and wet skin • Irritability or confusion • Thirst, nausea, or vomiting

Symptoms of Heat Stroke
• May be confused, unable to think clearly, pass out, collapse, or have seizures (fits) • May stop sweating

For avoiding heat stroke
  • Give plenty of air and water
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Protect from direct sun.
  • Apply sun screen.
  • Regular breaks.


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