Did You Know!
On a hot and sunny day, the temperature within a dark colored vehicle will rise more than three degrees in five minutes and can ultimately reach a temperature near 150 degrees in just an hour, even if the windows are open.
Nationally 29 children die each year from heat stroke. They are left in cars, trapped in vehicles, or participate in excessive exertions that result in dehydration, shock, heat stroke and possible death.
Fire Aid for Heat Disorders:
Sunburn: Redness and pain, swelling of skin, blisters and headache
Sunburn can significantly retard the skin's ability to shed excess heat. Apply approved ointments or a dry sterile dressing. Severe cases should be seen by a physician.
Heat Cramps: Painful spasms of muscles and heavy sweating
Firm pressure on muscles or gentle massage. Give sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue use.
Heat Exhaustion: Heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy, fainting and vomiting
Get victim out of the sun. Lay them down and loosen clothing. Apply cool wet cloth. Give sips of water, unless nausea occurs. If vomiting continues, seek medical attention.
Heat Stroke: High body temperature (106 degrees or higher), hot dry skin, rapid and strong pulse, possible unconsciousness.
Summon emergency medical assistance immediately!! Move the victim to a cooler environment and reduce body temperature with a cool bath or sponging. DO NOT give fluids.
Parents can prevent heat disorders. Keep your children safe by following these simple rules:
- Never leave children inside a vehicle on hot sunny days.
- Have your children drink plenty of water or other fluids - before they are thirsty.
- It may be hard, but slow them down -- reduce, reschedule, or eliminate strenuous activity.
- Dress them for the heat -- light-weight and light-colored clothing.
- Minimize exposure to the sun -- schedule activities for cooler times of the day.