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Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion: Avoid, Spot, and Treat Heat-Related Illness

It's summertime in the Mountain West, which means that temperatures can regularly hit 90 degrees or more. For those who work or play outdoors, this kind of heat can cause serious health problems, including heat stroke, or heat exhaustion.

This infographic from the Centers for Disease Control highlights some ways to avoid, spot, and treat heat-related illnesses. 

Some tips include:

  • Stay indoors. If you have to be in the heat, be sure to dress properly, and take frequent breaks 
  • Know who is at higher risk for heat-related illnesses, like children and the elderly, and be sure to watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke
  • Watch for symptoms like heavy sweating, skin redness, dizziness, and nausea and get medical help immediately 

For more information, visit the CDC's extreme heat page.