Sun Safety (Heat Stroke)

As the weather gets warmer, and we spend more of our free time outside, we should remain mindful of proper summer safety, whether going for a walk, enjoying a barbeque, or spending time in the garden. Heat stroke can occur suddenly and unexpectedly.

Heatstroke can manifest as one or more of the following symptoms:

  • High body temperature, (over 40 degrees Celsius)
  • Red, dry skin
  • Rapid, Shallow breathing
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Altered mental state
  • Nausea

If you see someone who you suspect is suffering from heat stroke:

  • Check their airways, breathing, and circulation to ensure they are breathing,
  • Call 911,
  • Move them to a cool or shaded area,
  • Cool down the body with a fan, ice packs, or cool water,
  • Give them small sips of cool water, and
  • Stay with them until an ambulance arrives.

But there are some ways you can prevent heatstroke before it ever becomes a problem:

  • Stay properly hydrated
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Wear a hat and light-coloured clothing
  • Avoid peak hours of heat and sunshine, typically 11 am-3 pm
  • Take breaks in the shade
  • Avoid excessive exercise

Remember these simple habits when you go outside, and you can enjoy the warm summer weather safely and comfortably.