Heat stress presents an ominous threat to health, as it can lead to heat
stroke, a life-threatening emergency. In addition, it sometimes causes
heat cramps and rashes as well as serious injuries. Even people who are
young and healthy can fall victim to its effects. Here are a few things
you might not know about the disorder.
The public normally associates heat stress with being outdoors, but
individuals who work in hot indoor environments can also be at grave risk. These vulnerable populations include factory workers, boiler room personnel
and bakery employees.
of sweating can be a serious indicator. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that
symptoms of heat stroke include confusion, slurred speech or seizures along with profuse sweating
or hot, dry skin. Fatalities can result from delayed treatment. To learn
Six Surprising Facts about Heat Stroke.
When traveling or entering a new environment, don’t dive into the
“hot end of the pool.” When people start working in hot environments, they should gradually increase
their time spent on the job. They should allow seven to 14 days for their
bodies to acclimatize to the high temperatures.
Water is not a cure-all, but it sure can help. Hydration can ameliorate the adverse effects of heat. People working
in hot places should drink a cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes.
Reduce adiposity, reduce risk. Factors like obesity, consumption of alcohol and ingestion of drugs can
lessen heat tolerance.
Don’t go it alone when it’s hot out. Anyone working in the heat should have a buddy who will watch out for
signs of distress.
In a heat related emergency, minutes matter. Call 9-1-1 quickly if someone you know succumbs to the heat, passes out
or experiences severe symptoms.
Hurt during a summer accident or due to challenging conditions on the job?
Please get in touch with our experienced
Washington DC personal injury attorneys to discuss how to obtain compensation for your damages.