Don’t Let Heat Take You Down

On June 16th, in Edmonton, Alberta, legendary singer Meatloaf collapsed on stage. At first, those around him thought it might be a heart attack, but it was caused by severe dehydration. This happened to a man, in an air-conditioned arena, who was not exposed to direct sunlight at the time…and, yet, down he went. This can happen to you and your family as well if you do not take precautions during this current heat wave.

Most people who encounter a heat-related injury fall in the category of heat exhaustion, which is almost always accompanied by dehydration. There are two types of heat exhaustion that survivalists (and others) need to know:

  • Water depletion- This is seen with signs that include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.
  • Salt depletion- This is seen with signs that include nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness.

Heat exhaustion, if not treated fast and correctly, can lead to heat stroke, which can cause brain damage or even be fatal.

It is a Good Idea to Memorize the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:

  • Heat StrokeProfuse sweating
  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Pale skin
  • Rapid heartbeat

Treatment for Heat Exhaustion:

It is important to first get out of the heat, preferably into an air-conditioned room or under a fan. If you cannot go inside, get under shade. Drink water, but not too fast. Loosen or remove tight clothing. Get into a cool shower or bath. Rest.

Risk Factors for Heat Exhaustion:

Hot temperatures, along with high humidity, cause both heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Be aware of the heat index, when possible. Be especially careful when the heat index is above 90 degrees. Standing, or walking, in direct sunlight will increase the effects of heat on your body. Stay in the shade, when possible.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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