Heat and Cold Related Illness
HypothermiaHypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Hypothermia can happen even in the summer, so always be prepared!
You never know what the weather might do, so anytime of year make sure you are prepared for anything.
Hypothermia most often occurs when in water. Water temperature will always be colder than the outside air.
No matter how warm it is outside you will be wet most the day, so wear appropriate clothing. Water temperature will always be colder than the outside air.
Symptoms of Hypothermia
Heat related illnesses:
When spending the day in the sun it is important to protect yourself from sunburn, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount coming in.
Prevention and treatment:
Heat exhaustion occurs due to water and electrolyte loss due to sweating.
Heat stroke is a true medical emergency that can be fatal if not properly and promptly treated. It occurs when undertaking heavy exertion in hot climates.
Last updated: December 5, 2017