In the summer, we all know it can get hot, but protecting yourself from heat exhaustion can be crucial during your outdoor activities.
Heat is one of the top weather-related killers in the United States. Every year, hundreds of people die from heat-related illnesses in the country.
Extreme heat can lead to very high body temperatures, brain and organ damage, and even death. People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and cool themselves properly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
During extremely hot and humid weather, your body is challenged by trying to keep itself cool. When you are unable to keep yourself cool, your body temperature will continue to rise and that is when heat-related illnesses start to happen.
The CDC has provided this list to know the warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and what to do:
For a heat stroke:
For heat exhaustion:
For heat cramps:
For sunburn and heat rashes: