Heat Stress - Avoidance, Symptoms, and When to Call for Medical Help!

Every summer, incidents occur as a result of heat stress. Whether you are an employee or a student, it’s important to know the following when the temperature exceeds 85 degrees:

  • Wear light colored-lightweight clothing, a hat, and use sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of water before and during activity (up to a quart an hour during heavy exertion).
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Take breaks in cool, breezy areas.
  • Work at a steady pace – don’t overexert.
  • Reduce activity, especially between 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Be alert to signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke...and get relief!

Heat Exhaustion

Act quickly if someone experiences the following symptoms:

  • Appears pale or flushed;
  • Sweating with moist, clammy skin;
  • Feels weak, dizzy, nauseous or has a headache.

Move the person immediately to a cool place. Loosen clothing and place a cool compress on skin. Slowly drink large quantities of water. Elevate feet slightly.

Heat Stroke

Call for medical help immediately if someone has the following symptoms:

  • High body temperature and rapid pulse;
  • Hot, dry, reddish skin;
  • Stops sweating;
  • Becomes confused or delirious.

Move the victim immediately to a cool place until help comes. Fan the victim. Soak the victim’s clothing with water to lower body temperature. Don’t give fluids to someone who is unconscious.

Your Primary Risk Management Contact is:

Sue Bedard

Senior Risk and Claims Manager

Phone: 818.709.1570
Toll Free: 855.394.5939
Fax: 916.720.0324