How to Avoid Heat Stroke

By July 30, 2018Tips

How to Avoid Heat Stroke

Now that we’ve hit August, the temperature is rising and you may be feeling the effects of the Southern California summer: HEAT. Heat can be something that greatly affects your ability to cycle during these hot summers months, and we at Covina Valley Cyclery want to make sure you stay safe. Heat-related illnesses are preventable as long as you’re able to spot the symptoms and take action to prevent it. As reported in a recent Center for Disease Control study, an average of 658 people die yearly due to heat-related emergencies. Heat strokes do not happen instantaneously and must progress first from heat exhaustion. The key is to spot heat exhaustion before it turns into a life threatening illness, like heat stroke.

Causes of Heat-Related Illnesses:

Heat related illness come about when the body is not able to maintain a cool temperature. Usually, the body will cool itself when the heat rises by sweating, but this may not always be enough. Heat related illnesses are then when the body heats up faster than it is able to cool itself by sweating, and this commonly happens in extreme temperatures. The most dangerous parts of heat stroke and heat exhaustion is damage to major organs and brain.

Some factors that might increase your risk of developing a heat-related illness include:

  • High levels of humidity
  • Obesity
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Prescription drug use
  • Heart disease
  • Mental illness
  • Poor circulation
  • Sunburn
  • Alcohol use

Heat Exhaustion:

What to look for:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fainting (passing out)

What to do:

  • Move to a cool place
  • Loosen your clothes
  • Put cool, wet clothes on your body or take a cool bath
  • Sip water

Get medical help right away if:

  • You are throwing up
  • Your symptoms get worse
  • Your symptoms get worse
  • Your symptoms last longer than 1 hour

Heat Stroke:

What to look for:

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

What to do:

  • Call 911 right away- heat stroke is a medical emergency
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Help lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
  • Do not give the person anything to drink

For more information on heat-related illnesses like heat cramps, rash, and sunburns, from CDC:

Heat-Related Illnesses




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