Warning Signs of Heat Stroke
When the temperatures start rising in Philadelphia, it's important to be aware of heat-related illnesses. Heat stroke occurs when the body is not able to cool down. It is extremely serious and can result in death or long term disability. Heat stroke causes very high body temperature, above 103 degrees Fahrenheit; red, hot, and dry skin with no sweating; rapid heartbeat; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; or unconsciousness.
People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Be a buddy! Check on elderly friends and neighbors, as well as those with medical conditions. Also, make sure your pets stay cool. When the Philadelphia Health Commissioner issues an excessive heat warning, the city's cooling center is open and the Heatline is activated to provide heat-related information and assistance.
The Heatline can be reached at 215-765-9040. For more information on staying safe this summer, visit our website: www.phila.gov/ready. There, you can download our Stay Cool guide or visit the excessive heat page and check out the Stay Cool interactive map to find public pools, spraygrounds, and cooling centers near you. For more information, please check out our Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, LinkedIn, or Google+ accounts. So until next time, I'm Noelle Foizen, Volunteer Management Coordinator for the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, reminding you to be ready!.
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