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Extreme Heat

Stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality added to extreme temperatures and high humidity can lead to heat-related illnesses, especially in older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight.

How to Respond to Extreme Heat

  • Encourage employees to:

    • Drink plenty of water
    • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages
    • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible
    • Avoid strenuous work during the hottest part of the day
  • Know the signs of heat stroke:
    • High body temperature (105+)
    • Hot, red, dry skin
    • Rapid, weak pulse
    • Rapid shallow breathing
    • Possible unconsciousness
  • If you suspect that someone is a victim of serious heat induced illness:
    • Call 9-1-1 or get the victim to a hospital immediately; a delay could be fatal
    • Move victim to a cooler environment
    • Remove clothing
    • Use a cool bath, sponging, or wet sheet to reduce body temperature
    • Watch for breathing problems

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