The City of Augusta wants you to be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion: heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, a thread pulse, and possible fainting and vomiting. If you experience heat exhaustion, stop all outdoor activity and move to a cooler place. Drink cool water or sports drink. If your symptoms don’t improve within one hour, seek medical attention. Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature reaches 106F or higher. Symptoms include hot dry skin, rapid breathing, racing pulse, and possible unconsciousness. Seek medical attention immediately.
During periods of extreme heat, take the following precautions:
· Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
· Drink plenty of water.
· Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
· Never leave children or pets in closed vehicles.
· Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. If you have to be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioned vehicle and drink plenty of water. Never work alone, use the buddy system, in case you start to feel sick.
· Check on family, friends, and neighbors that do not have air conditioning.