Protect yourself from heat stroke

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The summer heat is in full swing, with temperatures reaching the mid to upper 90s.

South Mississippi is well known for temperatures that reach more than 100 degrees.

This type of weather brings a climate that is suitable for grass, bushes and gardens to grow. That means yard work.

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As residents of Pearl River County head out into their yards, or daily jobs for that matter, they should keep in mind that they will need to stay hydrated in order to avoid suffering from heat stroke.

Each year numerous people die from heat stroke, and while the elderly are most affected, young people are also susceptible.

Keep an eye out for the symptoms of heat stroke, which include a headache, feeling dizzy, suffering from a seizure, vertigo, throwing up and an absence of perspiration on the skin to name just a few.

The best defense against heat stroke is hydration. But prolonged exposure to high temperatures can also trigger heat stroke.

Medical attention should be administered at the first signs of heat stroke to avoid a fatal outcome. While waiting for an ambulance to arrive some assistance can be provided to the patient, such as using a cloth or similar method to apply water to the skin, putting them in a cool shower or bathtub and putting ice packs on areas that typically sweat a lot, such as under the arms or on the back of the neck.

This warning and the included tips should also be heeded by local athletes as they head into the coming sports season. Especially those sports that are played during the hottest weather.

Additionally, as has been written in the Item numerous times, never leave your pet, or child in a hot car.