Posted: Aug 8, 2012 3:01 PM by MTN News
With more hot days ahead, the American Red Cross wants Montanans to remember the signs of heat emergencies and be careful.
Prevent overheating by drinking plenty of water and avoiding too much physical activity in the hottest parts of the day.
One of the first signs you need to cool down are heat cramps, followed by heat exhaustion, marked by heavy sweating, headaches, nausea and weakness. Get to a cooler place, wear loose clothing and apply cool cloths to your skin. Drink small amounts of cool water.
Heat stroke, which is very serious, is marked by hot or red skin, loss of consciousness and vomiting. Call 9-1-1 immediately and get someone suffering heat stroke to a cooler place.
The American Red Cross also says not to leave pets in cars, and watch your animals for signs they're overheated.
Wear 15-SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen throughout the day.