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Preventing Death from Heat Exhaustion

Updated on July 28, 2017
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Articles that I have written with social work in mind, to educate others, in hopes to lead better lives.


Stay Hydrated

If you work outside in the heat, make sure to stay hydrated. Before going to sleep, a co-worker of a client of mine had been drinking beer with a friend, and complained of a headache. He never woke up the next morning. They did an autopsy and found that he died of a heart attack caused by heat exhaustion.

PLEASE, please continue to stay hydrated throughout your work day. It is very important that you replenish the liquid that you are sweating out. I also recommend that before you go to sleep you drink water.

Furthermore, please be mindful of pregnant ladies in the heat. I, personally, have passed out while doing grocery shopping when I was pregnant with my first child. If anyone feels faint or dizzy, the best place to be is on the floor. Falling down should be avoided at all costs. Pregnant or not. I find that the best places for a cold compress is the forehead and the neck. Please, always drink water. Smart Water has electrolytes in it. Just like Gatorade.

Stay safe and cool.

Signs of heat exhaustion

  • Confusion
  • Dark colored urine (which is a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid Heartbeat

Get out of the heat as soon as you experience any of the above symptoms to rest.

Wet towel at Lowe's

If you must work outside in the heat, I highly recommend one of the new towel options sold at Lowe's. (I had to get one after I had my seizure August 30, 2013). I have also recently noticed them at Wal-Mart.

At Lowe's, they come in a regular towel, or a scarf thing you can wear around your neck or over your face, whatever is your preference. All you have to do is get it wet and flip it, somehow the technology in the towel cools and keeps you cool. Certainly worth the expense of NOT ending up in the hospital.

I find the best place for a cool towel is at the back of your neck (but that could be just me.)


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