Devine advises community to beat heat

Warmer weather is quickly approaching and people who work and exercise outdoors need to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses and Democrat James J. Devine is sharing ideas about what to do.

Muscle cramping might be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or worse heat stroke, said Devine, a Rahway journalist and political strategist.

Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast and weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; and fainting.

Devine said anyone exhibiting these symptoms should be treated using the following methods: move to a cooler location, lie down, loosen your clothing, apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible and sip water. If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

Devine said signs of heat stroke include high body temperature (above 103°F); hot, red, dry or moist skin; rapid and strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness.

“Anyone suffering from heat stroke symptoms should take the following measures: call 911 immediately this is a medical emergency,move the person to a cooler environment, reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath and don’t ingest fluids,” Devine said. “Safety in hot weather can save lives because heat has a way of catching up on people.”

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