Eliminate Your Risk of Heat Exposure - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/6/03

Eliminate Your Risk of Heat Exposure

The Center for Disease Control warns not to take hot weather headlines lightly, because every year over 400 people die from exposure to heat.

So here's what you can do to eliminate your risk of heat exposure. First know what the symptoms are:

  • excessive thirst
  • muscle cramps
  • dizziness or vomiting
  • fatigue or fainting
  • profuse sweating

Any of these symptoms would mean you are at high risk of heat exhaustion. At the first signs of these symptoms you should seek medical attention.

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Of course, you can help prevent those symptoms by planning for the heat and taking the following precautions:

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • plan any strenuous outdoor activity for early or late in the day
  • take frequent breaks when working or exercising outside
  • wear light, loose-fitting clothes
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle during hot weather, even for a short period of time
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