Heat Exhaustion Risk with Climbing Temperatures

Mercer County

There are several different risks when it gets hot and humid outside. The big ones are heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but people can also get seriously burned from metal or asphalt when it gets hot enough.

When the temperatures start to climb, heat exhaustion becomes a real danger. According to the CDC, the body loses its ability to cool down, resulting in a rapid rise in body temperature.

If left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which can be potentially deadly. Younger children and older people are at a higher risk of heat exhaustion. 

“Stay out of the heat for long periods of time,” said Princeton Firefighter, Nathan Hensley. “Make sure they stay hydrated and just try to stay in the shade as much as you can. During about the middle of the day when it’s the hottest I wouldn’t recommend being out long periods of time.”

Young and healthy individuals are also at risk if they are doing strenuous activities in hot weather.  Hensley said it is important to treat heat exhaustion early. If a person’s body temperature rises above 103 degrees, he or she could experience heat stroke.

“They should definitely get themselves or whoever is experiencing the symptoms in a cool area and definitely hydrate…drink water or sports drinks,”  Hensley said.

Hensley also cautioned when touching certain surfaces on extremely hot days. Things like playground equipment, asphalt and even turf can get well above 100 degrees.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include fatigue, nausea, muscle cramping and dizziness. Firefighters said one major thing to look out for is if you stop sweating. 

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