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Here’s what you need to know about heat exhaustion, heat stroke

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 8:00 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks into what the heat index is and why it is important.

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through 8 p.m. Sunday for Montgomery County, and a Heat Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday for the rest of the Miami Valley as temperatures reach the mid-90s with heat index values in the 100s.

Here is what you need to know about heat exhaustion and heat stroke, according to Montgomery County Public Health.

>> Heat index: What is it? Why does it matter?

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Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Skin cold, pale and clammy
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting and vomiting

What you should do

  • Move to a cooler location
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to your body
  • Sip water
  • If you vomit and it continues, seek medical attention

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Heat Stroke Symptoms

  • High body temperature (above 103 degrees)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

What you should do

  • Call 911 immediately- this is a medical emergency
  • Move person to cooler environment
  • Reduce person’s body temperature with cloths or a bath
  • Do not give fluids

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