When the temperature is very hot, your body has to work harder to keep cool.
Symptoms of heat stress may include:
- dizziness or faintness,
- muscle cramps,
- nausea or vomiting,
- rapid breathing and heartbeat, and
- dry mouth (extreme thirst).
If you or someone else is experiencing any of these symptoms immediately try to cool down by doing any of the followings:
- move to a cooler location,
- drink plenty of cool fluids, especially water,
- splash cool water on your face and back of neck,
- remove unnecessary clothing.
- sprinkle clothing with water,
- use air conditioning if available, or
- take a cool bath or shower,
Do NOT drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks (such as pop, tea, coffee) as this will dehydrate you.
If the symptoms persist, seek medical attention.