This applies to wherever you are. I am highly prone to both. Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion. Stay safe Everyone.
Washington, we’re about to have some historic high temperatures in our state so it’s very important to check your local forecasts on your favorite weather app or weather.gov. There are excessive heat warnings in multiple areas of the state.
It’s also important to know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke and to call 911 if potentially facing a heat stroke. These are going to be some uncomfortable days.
During the heat, stay hydrated and make sure your pets have shade and water. And please help us prevent forest fires. There’s no need to make an emergency even worse.
▶ Don’t rely solely on fans to keep you cool. While electric fans might provide some comfort, when temperatures are really hot, they won’t prevent heat-related illness.
▶ If you need a cooling center, contact your local county or city to see what their plans are. Spend some time at a shopping mall, grocery store or public library – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help.
▶ Take cool showers or baths.
▶ Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.
▶ Avoid high-energy activities outdoors.
▶ Drink plenty of fluids and wear light colored clothes.
▶ Check on and take care of those vulnerable to heat (children, those with chronic medical conditions, elderly, pets).
▶ Stay inside during the hottest times of the day (afternoon and early evening).
▶ Be wary of rivers and lakes. The water is still cool and the drowning risk is real.
Signs: Muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms or legs
Actions: Go to a cooler location. Remove excess clothing. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. If you are sick and need medical attention, call your healthcare provider first. If cramps last more than an hour, seek medical attention.
Signs: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, fainting, nausea, vomiting.
Actions: Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar.
Call your healthcare provider if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.
Signs: Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees). Red, hot and dry skin with no sweat. Rapid, strong pulse. Dizziness, confusion or unconsciousness.
Actions: Call 9-1-1 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.
I literally have done all these things. Lightest clothes, avoid outside during heat waves, and hottest times of day.
Hell, I even ORDERED Subway sandwiches for delivery for a couple of days (thinking ahead, plus, one of the only places on the island that delivers). It is just too hot, with no wind, high humidity, mass pollen, and menopause. As we are getting ready to be in record breaking heat.