It’s hot outside in Southwest Florida, and as you probably know it’s extremely important to avoid overheating. Never leave anyone – especially children and pets – in hot cars, and lock cars so children and pets can’t enter without supervision. If you have to work or spend time outside in the heat, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks to cool down.
Be aware of the signs you or someone around you might be in danger of heat overexposure and need medical attention. For example, heavy sweating following by an inability to sweat, pale skin, muscle cramps, feeling tired and weak, altered mental status (confusion or disorientation), headache, passing out or becoming semi-unconscious, nausea or vomiting.
If you notice any of these signs, call 911 and get the person out of the sun and into a cool area, apply water to help the person cool off, apply ice to the neck and armpits, immerse the body in cool water, and remove any heavy clothing.