When we think of our health we don’t always think about how external factors can impact our well being for the short-term (or even the long-term for that matter). We’ll brush off situations that have the potential to compromise our well being because we believe, “that will never happen to me.”
In many cases, it’s true. It won’t happen to you! But if it does, hopefully we’ve got you covered through one of our great health insurance plans.
So given this time of year, it’s important for us to highlight an issue that can hit you when you least expect it.
Whether you are on the job, or on vacation, it is important to stay safe in the extreme heat. Heat exhaustion is one of a few heat-related illnesses that is common, and has the potential to escalate quickly if not taken seriously. It is important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion early to be proactive in preventing dehydration or further heat-related illnesses.
Heat exhaustion signs
• Cool skin with goosebumps when exposed to heat
• Heavy sweating
• Rapid heart rate
• Muscle cramps
What can you do when you experience these symptoms? The key is to recognize the symptoms early and treat them appropriately. Heat exhaustion is often accompanied by dehydration. OSHA recommends drinking water continuously throughout the day in 15 minute increments. Keeping hydrated allows the body to naturally cool itself through sweat.
How to prevent heat related illnesses
• Apply cool towels or ice pack to the neck and chest
• Mist yourself with cool water
• Move to an air-conditioned environment
• Avoid alcohol, caffeinated, or sugary beverages
• Wear loose fitting clothes
Heat exhaustion can be the signal of a more dangerous condition called heat stroke. If the following symptoms occur, call 911 or seek immediate care.
When to seek immediate care
• If you have trouble breathing, or can only take shallow breathes
• If vomiting persists and cannot be controlled
• Loss of consciousness
• Confusion or trouble concentrating
It is important to stay safe in the summer heat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Be aware of the signals your body gives you when the temperatures climb. Stay hydrated, protect yourself from the sun, and above all, have fun!
The Piedmont Group is always concerned about your health and well being. Let us help you get the peace of mind you deserve by providing you with the insurance plans, business insurance coverage, personal insurance coverage or anything related to insurance that can help us keep you, your family and your business protected and safe.
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