Knowing the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke is crucial this time of year.
EMSA medics tell KRMG those two conditions are the most common during the summer. Telling them apart is important.
With heat exhaustion, it sets in quickly and can potentially be a precursor to heat stroke. EMSA paramedic Michael Scalf says you’ll first start to feel your heart beating faster and you may also feel dizzy.
“Your pulse is going to be really fast and really weak. Your heart is not going to be pumping enough like it’s supposed to.” He continued.
With heat stroke, Scalf says one of the first signs is that your skin will be hot to the touch and your body temperature could rise to over 100°.
“The sweating tends to stop and you could even pass out.” Scalf added.
EMSA medics recommend drinking plenty of water before heading out into the heat and to continue hydrating while in the heat.