May 11, 2015

Heat stroke is one of the most common workplace injuries in warmer climates, and the number of exertional heat-related injuries rose 134% between 1997 and 2006*. The risk of heat stroke dramatically increases when the heat index climbs to 90 degrees or more, but understanding the signs and symptoms can limit the risks and effects.

Common signs of heat stroke include:

  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness, light-headedness or fainting
  • Lack of sweating, despite the heat
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat or breathing
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
  • Seizures

OSHA recommends staying cool and hydrated to prevent heat-related illness. You should be prepared with solutions such as finding shade, staying hydrated, taking periodic breaks, wearing light-colored clothes, and using personal cooling apparel such as ColdRush. This innovative new product features patented eVapora™ fabric, which absorbs moisture and allows it to slowly evaporate, producing a cooling effect on the skin. ColdRush makes you feel cooler and more comfortable…and cooler heads always prevail.

* January 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.