Autumn is a month away, but summers in North Texas tend to go beyond the expiration date. Forecasts are like a broken record, “….extremely hot, reaching temperatures near or above 100 degrees.”
Team Plano employees work in a variety of environments, ranging from climate-controlled offices to warehouses and the steamy outdoors. Risk Management suggests you approach heat-related injuries by preventing, identifying and treating them.
PREVENTION – Tips to Beat the Heat
SPOT – Know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion
Very high body temperature (above 103°F)DizzinessRed, hot and dry skin (no sweating)Upset stomachRapid, strong pulseConfusionThrobbing headachePassing out
Heavy sweatingWeaknessPalenessDizzinessMuscle crampsHeadacheFaintingUpset stomach or vomiting
If you see any of these signs, get medical help immediately.
TREAT – While waiting for medical attention, you can help someone with heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Heat Stroke:Move the victim to a shady area or indoors. Do not give the person fluids.
Continue efforts to cool the person until help arrives or his or her body temperature falls below 102°F and stays there.
Get medical attention if symptoms get worse or last longer than one hour.
Seek medical help immediately if symptoms are severe or if victim has heart problems or high blood pressure.