Published on July 22, 2019 at 12:30

On a hot summer day, heat stroke is one of the most serious dangers. Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to cool properly in hot weather.

Tips for preventing heat stroke

  • Help prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids
  • Avoid very intense physical activity during the hottest hours of the day (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, as they can dehydrate
  • Wear light-coloured and light clothing
  • Freshen up as soon as necessary (bath, shower or bath)

What does heat stroke look like?

Pay attention to the warning signs of heat stroke:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Vertigo
  • Stomach aches
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing 
  • No sweating

Who are those at risk?

Young children, elderly and overweight individuals are at greater risk of suffering from heat stroke.  

Since heat stroke is considered a medical emergency, it is important to cool the person who is suffering from it while waiting for help to arrive.

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