What You can do to Avoid the Dangers of Heat Stroke


With summer comes many celebrations. 

But as temperatures creep up there are ways to stay safe as your thermometer rises.

Some of us may want to skip the heat altogether.

“Sit in air conditioning,” Leilani, Lincoln resident says.

When it comes to the summer sun getting too much of it can be a danger to your health.

“If you notice somebody who’s extremely hot, starts to get red skin, and they stop sweating, that’s a danger. They’re having some pretty serious heat exhaustion or even heat stroke,” Tim Maloney, Bismarck Rural Fire Department says.

Heat stroke is the most serious of heat-related illnesses.

And if left untreated, the body’s temperature can rise up to 106 degrees within 15 minutes.

If you don’t treat it right away when you see it, it can start to progress and lead to unconsciousness and it could progress even further. Death could occur,” Maloney says.

But not everyone is at equal risk out in the heat.

“Young kids don’t handle the heat quite as easily and the elderly are a little more susceptible to heat illness,” Maloney says.

Shade, sunscreen, and water are some of your first lines of defense when you’re out in the sun and temperatures are high.

Experts say you should start drinking plenty of water before you step foot outside to enjoy the summer weather.

“Drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated,” Louis Snider, Lincoln resident says.

“[I] limit her time in the sun and you just give her only half hour spurts and then you get her in the shade,” Ashley Dressler, Lincoln resident says.

Because taking extra care with those most vulnerable can help keep the hottest summer days safe.

First responders say, if possible, try to avoid spending too much time in the sun during the hottest time of day.

And if you do suspect someone may be suffering from heat stroke be sure to call 911 immediately.

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