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Heat Related Emergency

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Heat Related Emergency

     The City of Oviedo Fire Rescue Department encourages you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a Heat Related Emergency.  A Heat Related Emergency is common during the high temperature summer months and particuarily apply to those working outdoors, the very young, and the elderly or those with other medical conditions.

     Several types of Heat Related Emergencies are possible and can pose an immediate threat to your health including irreversable dmage to organs and potentially death.  Recognizing these conditions will provide you with an opportunity to take corrective measures to avoid a Heat Related Emergency. 

Types of Heat Related Emergencies

Heat Cramps

Heat Cramps are the most common form of a Heat Related Emergency and most treatable.  Signs and symptoms may include;

  • Painful muscle cramping and spasms
  • Heavy sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Convulsions
  • Normal pulse and blood pressure

Heat Exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion is considered the second stage of a Heat Related Emergency and more severe than Heat Cramps.  Signs and symptoms may include;

  • Fatique
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fast heart beat
  • Irregular vital signs
  • Mental dullness
  • Profuse sweating
  • Clammy, moist skin

Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke is a life threatening medical emergency requiring immediate treatment and transportation to an hospital.  Signs and symptoms may include;

  • Hot, dry, red skin
  • Sweating is not occurring
  • Mental dullness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

Treatment

     Call 911 for all Heat Related Emergencies for a evaluation by a trained EMT or Paramedic.  Place the patient(s) in a cooler environment, loosen clothing or remove clothing, apply cool ice packs to neck, groin, armpits, apply cool moist towels, only provide water if patient is sufferring from Heat Cramps or Heat Exhaustion not Heat Stroke.

 

For more information please contact the City of Oviedo Fire Rescue Department at 407-971-5611 or visit our office at 1934 CR 419 West (Behind Fire Station 3)