Prepare for summer by recognizing signs of heat stroke, exhaustion

Prepare for summer by recognizing signs of heat stroke, exhaustion

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Summer may be officially two months away, but Mississippi heat waits for no one. The increase in temperature can lead to serious health issues, such as heat exhaustion or even a heat stroke.

"Anybody who over-exerts themselves outside is susceptible for a heat stroke or for a heat emergency,"  said Lt. Brandon Bell,. of the Hattiesburg Fire Department. "Athletes, people working outside or people working in attics where it can get really hot."

Bell said common signs leading to a heat stroke include headache, dry skin, rapid pulse and nausea.

North Forrest High head football coach Anthony Dillon said he makes sure to take extra precaution to make sure his players stay fully hydrated in the heat.

"When we're out practicing, we also monitor the guys and make sure that they tell us that they're getting light headed," Dillon said. "We watch and see if they're sweating, and if they're sweating and if they're not sweating. We also have stuff prepared on the inside. We already have ice bags pre-wrapped, and also we have the whirlpool full of water and ice just in case someone does go down."

Bell said if you notice someone is having a heat stroke, you need to call 911 immediately and try to cool that person down as soon as possible.

"If you can get them into a cool tub of water, get some cool moist towels and get their excessive clothes off where they can be cooling down," Bell said. "Wet their head, their armpits and that will help them cool down quicker."

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, others signs of a heat stroke include extremely high blood pressure, a rapid pulse, confusion or unconsciousness.

The Department of Health's website also advises people to monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees. Also, do not give heat stroke victims fluids to drink.