he Oklahoma State Department of Health reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat cramps and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia (overheating) and heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently, and it often results in severe organ damage or even death.
It is important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and act quickly.
Cold, pale, clammy skin
Fast, weak pulse
Nausea or vomiting
Body temperature greater than 103 degrees
Hot, red, dry or moist skin
Rapid and strong pulse
A heat stroke is a medical emergency. If any signs are recognizable, call 911 immediately and move the person to a cooler environment. Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.