Heat Related First Aid
Call 911. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that may result in death!
While waiting for help:
- Place individual in shady, cool area
- Loosen clothing, remove outer clothing
- Fan air on individual; cold packs in armpits
- Wet individual with cool water; apply ice packs, cool compresses, or ice
- Provide fluids (preferably water) as soon as possible
- Stay with individual until help arrives
- Have individual sit or lie down in a cool, shady area
- Give individual plenty of water or other cool beverages to drink
- Cool individual with cold compresses/ice packs
- Take to emergency room for treatment if symptoms worsen or do not improve in 60 minutes.
- Do not return to work that day
- Have individual rest in shady, cool area
- Worker should drink water or other cool beverages
- Wait a few hours before allowing person to return to strenuous work
- Have worker seek medical attention if cramps don't go away
- Try to work in a cooler, less humid environment when possible
- Keep the affected area dry
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