Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Whether you are in the cool pines of the forest, the intense heat of the desert or basking in the breeze at the beach, problems with heat and sun over exposure can ruin your recreation time.

Knowing the symptoms of heat stroke and what to do can save the life of someone you love.


Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a serious condition that requires immediate medical help. Left untreated, victims will die. Symptoms include:

  • hot, dry skin
  • headache
  • mental confusion
  • rapid pulse and breathing

Treat those suffering from heat stroke by moving them to a shaded area. Loosen clothing, cool the person off immediately with a hose, cool bath or wet cloths. Slightly elevate the person's head and shoulders. Call for immediate medical assistance and transport.


  A diagram showing the symptoms of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion.  










Heat Exhaustion

You may have heat exhaustion if you're weak, dizzy, sweaty, nauseous, pale or have cramps after being in the sun.

To treat heat exhaustion, lie down in the shade, loosen clothing and apply cool wet compresses. Drink plenty of water.  Monitor the person's symptoms to be sure its does not turn into heat stroke.