It’s humid and getting hotter as summer approaches. The combination of heat and humidity significantly increase the hazards of heat exhaustion and stroke. Our natural ability to control the temperature of our body depends on enhanced cooling due to the evaporation of sweat from our skin. We depend on evaporative cooling when it’s hot, but it isn’t as effective in high humidity.
Stay hydrated, pace yourself, take breaks in the shade and take care of each other! Recovering from heat exhaustion is difficult and can lead to chronic symptoms. Heat Stroke can be debilitating or even life threatening. Stay aware of the signals for heat related illnesses and treatment summarized by the Stillwater Fire Department, below: