Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County schools. You can email him at email@example.com.
Pursue cool summer activities today; watch for signs of heat stroke
School’s out and summer activities are in full swing. But today’s not the day to let the kids spend the day outside. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious issues.
With a heat index possible of 105 degrees, today’s the day for indoor activities. How about a movie, a visit to the mall or some indoor crafts?
Today’s also a great day to be a good neighbor and make sure everyone around you is being wise about the weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for today through 9 p.m. Tomorrow isn’t expected to be any better.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious matters requiring medical help. If you see the following signs (provided by WebMD) in someone, it could be heat stroke and you should call 911.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign.
Other symptoms may include:
- Throbbing headache
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Lack of sweating despite the heat
- Red, hot, and dry skin
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
Here are some tips to beat the heat from the National Weather Service:
- DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS.
- STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM.
- STAY OUT OF THE SUN.
- CHECK IN ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
- LIMIT STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING.
- KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE.
- WEAR LIGHTWEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
- HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY. CALL 9 1 1.