Illnesses brought on by heat may include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Most heat-related emergencies can be prevented by drinking water often during hot weather and staying indoors during the hottest parts of the day.
If you suspect someone is having a heat emergency:
1 Get the victim to a cool place — such as in the shade, indoors, or an air-conditioned car.
2 Loosen or remove clothing and cool the victim with a cool water spray or fan the victim.
3 Offer the victim cool electrolyte-carbohydrate mixture (juice, milk, etc.) to drink, only if they are awake and alert.
4 If the victim is confused, sweating, nauseous or vomiting or refuses water call 9-1-1 to activate EMS.
Disclaimer: The Emergency Guide is provided as a reference only. Every effort has been taken to acquire and publish accurate information provided by medical authorities. In case of emergency, always call or have someone CALL 9-1-1.