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Heat Awareness for Drivers

by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

Excessive heat exposure causes thousands of deaths in the United States each year - more than the number of people who die from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. But, deaths like these are easy to prevent

Warning Signs and Symptoms

Heat Exhaustion
  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
What you should do:

Move to a cooler location, lie down and loosen clothing, apply cool, wet cloths to skin, and sip water.

Heat Stroke
  • Body temperature of 103 degrees F or above
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Unconsciousness 
What you should do:

Call 911 immediately, move the person to a cooler locations, apply cool, wet cloths to skin or put them in cool bath. Do NOT give fluids.

How to Avoid Heat-Related Illness

OSHA encourages workers to:
  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you're not thirsty
  • Rest in the shade to cool down
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers

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