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All About Heatwaves: Things you need to know if you find yourself in one.

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Heatwaves: Everything you need to know. towel wiping sweat Did you know that 2018 is one of the hottest years in record? It’s currently on track to being the 4th-hottest year in history. With hotter days, we are seeing an increase in heat related illness. Here is everything you need to know to stay safe during the brutal summer heat.   In the 1960’s heat waves only swept across 1% of the land within our planet. By 2040, heat waves are predicted to sweep across 20%. According to the American Red Cross, in recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with excessive humidity. You will likely hear weather forecasters use these terms when a heat wave is predicted in your community:

  • Excessive Heat Watch - Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to meet or exceed local Excessive Heat Warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.
  • Heat Advisory - Heat Index values are forecasting to meet locally defined advisory criteria for 1 to 2 days (daytime highs= 100-105° Fahrenheit).
  • Excessive Heat Warning - Heat Index values are forecasting to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria for at least 2 days (daytime highs= 105-110° Fahrenheit).
  What To Do During a Heat Wave During a heat wave, it’s important to pay attention to the increased heat warnings and use the following tips to keep you and your loved ones safe. According to the Red Cross you should:
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol
  • Eat small meals and eat more often
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat 
Still have questions? Ask your doctor for additional tips to help stay safe from the heat.  

Heat Exhaustion

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Heat Exhaustion heat exhaustion - ufmc With the lack of water in Colorado this summer, it’s expected to be a hot and dry one. A summer to be careful when dealing with the heat. And with excessive heat comes the increased risk for heat exhaustion. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, so you don’t fall victim to it. It can be prevented.   Heat exhaustion is a condition where your body overheats. Symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.   Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures and often strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition.   What are the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion?   Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion may develop suddenly or over time, especially with prolonged periods of exercise and can include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Cool, moist skin with goosebumps when in the heat
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure upon standing
 

At What Point Do You Call Your Doctor?

If you think you're experiencing heat exhaustion:
  • Stop activity
  • Move to a cooler place
  • Drink cool water or sports drinks
  Contact your doctor if your signs or symptoms if they don't improve within one hour or if they worsen. If you are with someone showing signs of heat exhaustion, seek immediate medical attention if he or she becomes confused or agitated, loses consciousness, or is unable to drink.

Heatstroke Signs and Symptoms

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heatstroke As we get outside more and the summer temperatures start rising, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of Heat Stroke. What is Heatstroke? Let’s first start by telling you what heatstroke is. Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F or higher. Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death. What are the symptoms of heatstroke? Heatstroke symptoms include:

  • High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher is the main sign of heatstroke.
  • Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.
  • Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel moist.
  • Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
  • Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
  • Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
  • Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
  • Headache. Your head may throb.
When should you seek medical help? If you think a person may be experiencing heatstroke, seek immediate medical help. Call 911 or your local emergency services number. Take immediate action to cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency treatment.
  • Get the person into shade or indoors.
  • Remove excess clothing.
  • Cool the person with whatever means available — put in a cool tub of water or a cool shower, spray with a garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, or place ice packs or cold, wet towels on the person's head, neck, armpits and groin.
  Talk to your doctor for more information on heatstroke.