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Summer is in full swing and that means the heat is on. Here are important heat-related facts and tips for staying safe this season.

Dangers of heat exposure

According to the CDC, more than 600 people die by extreme heat every year. That’s why it’s important to be aware of heat-related conditions such as:

  • Heat Stroke: This is the most serious of all heat-related conditions, and occurs when the body is no longer able to regulate its own internal heat. Heat stroke is life threatening, and symptoms include confusion, loss of consciousness and seizures. If someone is suspected of suffering from heat stroke, call 911 right away.
  • Heat Exhaustion: More mild than heat stroke, but still very serious. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea and extreme sweating and thirst. If you or employees are suffering from these symptoms, get hydrated and into a cool place as quickly as possible.
  • Heat Cramps: These are cramps cause by the loss of salt in the body through extreme sweating. Cramps can be debilitating, and especially dangerous if an employee’s job requires physical exertion.
  • Heat Rash: Also known as “prickly skin,” heat rash is caused by excessive and persistent sweating. It is the most common heat-related condition.
Posted 12:26 PM

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