heat·stroke
ˈhētˌstrōk/
noun
noun: heat-stroke
  1. a condition marked by fever and often by unconsciousness, caused by failure of the body’s temperature-regulating mechanism when exposed to excessively high temperatures.
    -heat exhaustion and heat stroke are things that we worry about on the regular when the heat index is as high as it is right now.  we make sure our guys know how to keep themselves safe and also keep an eye on each other.  we stay hydrated, take breaks and start our days earlier so we can stop earlier.  apologies if you hear lawn mowers, blowers and weed eaters at 6am.
    what you should know for you and yours:  some symptoms are hard to associate with heat stroke.  a headache, nausea, maybe feeling a little light headed. sometimes you just don’t feel good, right?  take them seriously.
    muscle cramps, confusion, dizziness and a lack of sweat…these are major signs that the body is overheated, unable to regulate and in need of medical attention.
    you also need to know that heat stroke does not discriminate based on age or what your’e doing.  this isn’t just something that happens to adults that work outside.  it happens to kids, animals.  and it can be deadly.
    cold compresses on pressure points and hydrating the body need to happen while on the way to seek medical care.
    worried you’re over-reacting to symptoms?  don’t.  you could be saving a life. besides, what’s the worst that can happen by taking symptoms seriously and taking action?
    you cool down.