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Protect Yourself from Heat Stress

Exposure to heat can cause illness and death. The most serious heat illness is heat stroke. Other heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash, should also be avoided. There are precautions that can be taken any time temperatures are high and the job involves physical work.

Risk Factors for Heat Illness

High temperature and humidity, direct sun exposure, no breeze or wind

Heavy physical labor

Low liquid intake

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

Headache, dizziness, or fainting

Weakness and wet skin

Irritability or confusion

Thirst, nausea, or vomiting

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

May be confused, unable to think clearly, pass out, collapse, or have seizures (fits)

May stop sweating

To Prevent Heat Illness:

Drink plenty of cool water. At least one pint of water per hour is needed.

Take rest breaks in a cool area.

More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.