Drowsiness/Unconsciousness and hot dry skin are definite indicators of heat stroke. This is an Emergency. You should ring Emergency 000 immediately and ask for an Ambulance.
Tips to avoid HEAT STRESS
- Avoid dehydration. Drink plenty of cool fluids, preferably water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink;
- Avoid drinking alcohol, tea and coffee because these will cause dehydration;
- Wear light-coloured, loose fitting clothing where possible. Don’t overdress;
- NEVER leave children alone in a car, even for a very short time. The inside temperature can become life-threatening within MINUTES;
- Avoid any strenuous outdoor activities, especially when the sun is strongest between the hours of 11.00am and 3.00pm;
- If outside, make sure you always wear a shirt and hat – even if you are swimming; and
- Use plenty of sun screen when outside and reapply regularly.
Symptoms of HEAT STRESS to watch out for
- Feeling faint;
- Loss of appetite;
- Headache; and
Actions to help someone with HEAT STRESS
- Try to get the person to a cooler environment;
- Lay the person down;
- Cool them by applying cool, wet towels around the neck and underarms; and
- If conscious, give cool fluids (preferably water) to drink.