Chattanooga, TN – According to the state officials, the heat-related Illness includes heat exhaustion which causes heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness and nausea or vomiting. The most serious heat related illness is heat stroke. Heat stroke symptoms include red, dry skin, rapid pulse, dizziness, nausea and confusion.

The Tennessee Department of Health recommends these steps to avoid heat-related illness include :

  • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Avoiding alcohol and carbonated drinks
  • Taking plenty of breaks
  • Moving to a cool place
  • Wearing light, loose fitting clothing
  • Using sunscreen
  • Seeking medical attention if experiencing symptoms

Child safety is another concern with hot weather. Do not leave a child in a hot car where they can quickly become overheated risking serious injury or death. As a reminder:

  • Always double check the backseat every time when leaving your vehicle.
  • Consider placing a stuffed animal or toy up front as a reminder, or place your purse or other item you would pick up in the backseat with your child.

Athletic and other camps are an exciting part of summer, and it is important to take steps to keep campers and staff safe.

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear light, loose fitting clothing
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully to avoid being in the sun during the hottest part of the day.
  • Camp staff should look for signs of heat-related illness and make sure participants are taking appropriate precautions

More heat safety tips here