It's no secret that Las Vegas is one of the hottest states in America. Temperatures can reach to a scorching 120 degrees during the summer months. And hot temperatures lead to heat stress, which can lead to heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke. Heat stroke is one of the most severe forms of heat stress. It's reported that more than 4, 000 people a year die from heat stroke, and heat stroke is the 2nd leading cause of death for young athletes, however, it usually affects infants and the elderly. But, what exactly is a heat stroke? Simply put, a heat stroke is when your body temperature is greater than 105 degrees and is unable to cool down on its own. Think of it has a fever that you can't control. Some of the most common symptoms of heat stroke include:
Disorientation ( confusion, staggering, loss of mobility)
Inability to sweat
Some of the common causes of heat stroke include but are not limited to the following:
Exercise without proper hydration
Heavy work in hot environments ( construction, outside workers)
Heart disease and certain medications can also trigger a heat stroke
If you are someone you know is having a heat stroke, you should do the following:
Get to a cool or air-conditioned place immediately
Drink plenty of water or non-caffeinated beverages
Cool down with wet towels or spray yourself with water if available
Call 911 and seek professional medical help
Here are some tips on how to avoid a heat stroke in Las Vegas: While a heat stroke can be scary and life-threatening, there are many things that you can do to protect you and your loved ones from this devastating experience.
Stay hydrated with lots of water and non-caffeinated fluids
Wear a lot of light, loose fitting clothes to let the air circulate better
Carry an umbrella or a sun hat to protect yourself from the sun
Stay in an air-conditioned environment for at least 2 hours a day
Try to avoid chores, working out, or going outside during the hottest parts of the day
While heat stress can scare anyone, it's still safe to go outside and have fun. However, take necessary precautions and protect yourself by staying hydrated and keeping cool. Follow these simple rules and you will have a lot of fun.
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