Heat stroke occurs when the body can’t regulate its core temperature and stops sweating, leaving it unable to rid itself of excess heat. It can lead to death, so heat stroke should be considered a medical emergency. Signs of heat stroke include fainting, confusion, seizures, hot and dry skin, and a high body temperature. Call 911 if you suspect heat stroke.
While waiting for emergency medical responders, OSHA recommends the following actions:
- Ensure the affected worker is in a cool and shaded area.
- Give the worker water as soon as possible.
- Loosen his or her clothing and remove outer clothing.
- Fan air on the worker and place cold packs in his or her armpits.
- Place cool water, ice packs, cool compresses or ice on the worker.
- Stay with the worker until help arrives.
Sourced from the National Safety Council