Heat Related Injuries

Sunburn

  • Make sure to wear sunscreen and protective clothing
  • If burned, only treat with aloe to avoid sun poisoning
  • This can also cause dehydration

Dehydration

  • It is extremely important to stay hydrated!
  • Drink about 2 liters per day
  • This is where most other heat injuries can be prevented
  • The water you drink today prepares you for tomorrow
  • While working to stay hydrated, make sure you replace nutrients and vitamins.

Heat Exhaustion

  • Still sweating
  • Looks pale
  • Need rest in the shade - no more physical activity 
  • Sip water
  • Cool off 

Heat Stroke

  • Not sweating
  • Skin is red - blood is being pushed to skin surface to cool off
  • Decreased level of consciousness
  • Needs cooled down rapidly
  • Call for advanced medical care immediately
  • Life threatening

Level Of Consciousness 

  • IF AT ANY POINT THIS CHANGES, CALL FOR ADVANCED MEDICAL CARE (911)

Cold Related Injuries

Hypothermia

  • Wear proper clothing for the weather conditions
  • Bring extra dry clothes
  • Water increases the chance of becoming hypothermic
  • Heat dissipates from your body 25x faster while in water
  • If wet, change immediately
  • Watch for Stumbles, Fumbles, Mumbles, and Grumbles
  • Track level of consciousness 
  • Get moving! 
  • Eat something that will metabolize quickly such as chocolate