Anyone working or playing in the heat is vulnerable to heat illness. As a person ages, this becomes even more prevalent. Proper acclimation to the environment you are in and proper hydration, greatly increase the safety factor. If dehydration progresses unchecked, the risk of heat illness increases. Heat illness is best understood in three separate degrees of severity: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and the most serious and deadly form, heat stroke. That is why it’s important to recognize the warning signs of dehydration and heat illness:
Lightheaded or Dizziness
Difficulty Paying Attention
The symptoms outlined above do not necessarily occur in any order, so individuals could experience heat stroke in absence of other indicators. Treating the symptoms of dehydration is crucial in preventing more serious conditions such as heat exhaustion.
Rest in a cool place.
Consume a sports drink that contains the adequate amount of electrolytes.
Prevent dehydration in the future by consuming fluids before, during and after work (educate and allow ample time to rehydrate.)
Help keep your participants cool and hydrated!
As part of our mission, we maintain equipment for other organizations to check out to help with their hydration needs. If you would like to check out our EZ-up tents, misting equipment, water/Gatorade coolers or tables/chairs for another nonprofit event, please email email@example.com or call the office at 479-986-9960. If you are a for-profit company or an individual, we will check out equipment for a donation.
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