Thursday, August 2, 2012

Warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures or by not drinking enough fluids. The warning signs include:
  • Decreased energy
  • Nausea
  • Feeling Faint
  • Slight loss of appetite
  • Being Light-headed
  • Feeling Tired or Weak
  • Headache
  • Muscle Cramps
If you experience any of these symptoms, go to a cool environment, drink fluids, remove excess clothing, and rest. If symptoms worsen, seek medical attention.

Be a Buddy
Check on elderly friends and neighbors, as well as those with medical conditions. Also, make sure your pets stay cool.

When the Philadelphia Health Commissioner issues an Excessive Heat Warning, the City’s Cooling Centers open and the Heatline is activated to provide heat-related information and assistance. The Heatline can be reach at 215-765-9040.

For more information on staying safe this summer, download our Stay Cool Guide or visit the Excessive Heat page and check out the Stay Cool Interactive Map to find public pools, spray grounds and cooling centers near you.

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