What are the signs of heat stroke?
According to Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, state health officer, heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that should be considered an emergency. Symptoms include: headache, hot and dry skin, temperature of 103 degrees or higher, rapid and shallow breathing, disorientation and changes in consciousness. The person should be cooled quickly with cold, wet sheets or a cool bath and taken to the nearest hospital.
People who face the highest risk of heat-related illness include infants and young children up to 4 years of age, adults over age 65, and people who have chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or being overweight, who take certain medications or who work or exercise in extreme heat.