Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over 650 deaths are attributed to heat exhaustion every year, a number greater than tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, and lightning combined. The sad part about this that many of these deaths could have been prevented.

More than 2,600 deaths were reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2014 due to conditions related to overheating including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, rhabdomyolysis (a rapid breakdown, destruction and death of muscle tissue), and more. In 2013, the CDC reported over 7,000 deaths deaths between 1999 and 2009, all of which were heat-related.

There are several factors that can affect your risk for heat stress. Besides the environment, your nutrition, blood pressure, and weight can also be factors. Contrary to popular belief, you can suffer heat stress even at temperatures as low as 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you’re concerned about the effects of heat stroke and exhaustion, it’s important to understand the difference. Heat exhaustion means your body has lost a significant amount of water and salt and you may experience symptoms like nausea, weakness, heavy sweating, pale skin, or vomiting. It’s important to try and get to a cool area as quickly as possible, remove unnecessary clothes, and drink plenty of water or liquids, preferably cool as opposed to ice cold.

Heat stroke is the more severe form of heat stress and causes symptoms such as confusion, seizures, profuse sweating, or even death if left untreated.

Always take the proper steps to prevent the risks of heat stress, especially during the summer season when temperatures often reach the 90s here in South Florida. Drink plenty of water, avoid caffeinated drinks, eat small frequent meals and take frequent rests.

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