No question that we’ve had a few hot days on the east side of the Oakland hills. As temperatures reach 100º we run for the cool stores and turn the air conditioning on high in our cars, houses and offices. People who are older, young, sick or overweight may be more strongly affected by extreme heat. Precautions are in order!
Watch for these signs that your body may be in trouble (even though your mind may say differently):
- Heat Cramps – Muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe, they are often the first signal that the body is having trouble with heat.
- Heat exhaustion – Symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headaches, nausea, fainting.
- Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition. The victim’s temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly. Symptoms include extremely high body temperature above 103°F, hot dry red skin, rapid strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness.
People may say they’re fine but just need to sit down. They may not realize that they’re in danger. If a person looks dazed, feels sick, or starts throwing up, call 911.
Don’t forget that your pets may need extra attention too. Leave them home where it’s cooler than your car!
Ready.gov has more info on extreme heat and how to prepare.