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Beware Warning Signs of Heat-Related Illness

Posted June 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— If you must spend time outside there are some warning signs of heat emergencies.

If you're suffering from heat exhaustion your skin will be cool, moist and pale or flushed. Heavy sweating, headaches, nausea or vomiting, dizziness and exhaustion are other symptoms. Your body temperature will be normal.

In extreme heat conditions, people are also susceptible to heat stroke. Its symptoms are hot, red skin, changes in consciousness,and rapid and shallow breathing. If you have heat stroke, your body temperature will be high.

If you experience any of these symptoms go immediately to a cooler place and cool the body with fans or wet cloths.

Heat stroke is life threatening, call 911 if you think you or anyone around you may be suffering from it.