The risk for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and
fainting, is greatly increased in power outages for extended periods.
Heat stroke is very serious and if not treated immediately, can cause death.
With heat stroke, one’s body cannot control its own temperature,
sweating ceases and the body temperature may rise quickly.
Symptoms of heat stroke are:
• Red, hot and dry skin
• No sweating
• Rapid and strong pulse
• Throbbing headache
• A body temperature over 103 degrees Fahrenheit
PREVENTION & TREATMENT
• Fluid every 15 to 20 minutes and at least one gallon each
day. AVOID alcohol or caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
• Wear lightweight, light colored, loose clothes.
• Sit or lie down in the coolest place possible, drink water, and douse face with
cool water if dizzy, weak or overheated.
• Cool yourself by getting in a cool bath, taking a cool shower or wrapping
yourself in a cool, wet sheet.
• Check your body temperature and continue cooling efforts until body
temperature drops below 101 degrees Fahrenheit or medical help arrives.
• Open windows if outdoor air quality is good.
Call 9-1-1 if there is no relief from these procedures.