Collierville Fire & Rescue
It’s Hot Outside!
Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, and Stay Informed
The hot days of summer are here. Throughout our community, thousands of employees who work outdoors face the potential dangers associated with overexposure to heat. With temperatures expected to exceed 90 degrees in the coming days, it is important to remind citizens how to prepare. Make sure you know what to do and how to care for heat-related emergencies.
“Hotter and more humid weather is expected this summer across much of Tennessee, but many people don’t understand just how dangerous the heat can be,” Chief of Administration Mark King said. “Healthy people of any age can have heat-related illnesses.”
Adults over 65, children under four, people with existing medical problems such as heart disease, and those without access to air conditioning are at greatest risk of developing heat-related illness.
Drink cool water.
Work in ventilated areas.
Work less, rest more.
Ask how workers are feeling.
Know the signs and take prompt action.
Train first-aid workers.
Reduce work for anyone at risk.
Check with your doctor.
Watch out for other hazards.
Understand the Five Categories of Heat-Related Illness
If you know the warning signs of each, you have a better chance of taking care of any employee suffering from heat stress so they escape serious disabilities or even death.
1. Heat Rash. Caused by skin being constantly wet from sweat and plugged sweat glands, this condition appears as a raised, red blistery rash.
2. Heat Cramps. Caused by excessive loss of water and elecrolytes, with cramps usually occurring in the legs or abdomen.
3. Heat Syncope. Caused by prolonged standing or sudden rising from a sitting or lying position, includes fainting or dizziness.
4. Heat Exhaustion. Symptoms are pale skin, excessive sweating, headache, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision and dizziness, with the potential for fainting.
5. Heat Stroke. Symptoms are dry, hot skin and a very high body temp, skin is red but without sweat, and the person suffering a heat stroke is incoherent or unconscious.