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Severe Heat Safety Precautions

August 6, 2006 -- 8:50 PM CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Those who work outside are at a greater risk of suffering from a heat stroke, leaving paramedics like Tim Briskell of Medic One prepared for the trauma.

"Heat exhaustion is when you have profuse sweating...very dizzy and weak...and become pale in color," said Briskell.  "Heat stroke, on the other hand, is more dangerous...it's when the body has depleted all of its fluids...you tend not to sweat anymore...you turn red...your core temperature and body temperature get extremely high."

Briskell said that lots of fluids will help eliminate the exhaustion, as well as putting small amounts of ice on the body.  

"The areas you want to concentrate on are around the neck where the carotid arteries are...under the arm pits and the groin area," he said.  "Those places are where you dispel a lot of heat...the head also.  You use mostly all of your body heat in the winter from your head.  Therefore, you want to cool the head off in the summer in the same fashion," he added.

Keeping cool is what everyone is trying to do, especially during the hot, summer days in Region 8.  

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