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  • Heat stroke is the the most severe form of heat injury. It’s a physical reaction that happens when your body overheats, and is usually due to prolonged exposure to heat or physical exertion in high temperatures. If your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher, you could be at risk of heat stroke and could require emergency treatment. According to an ER doctor, watch out for the warning signs
  • dehydration,
  • headache,
  • nausea and profuse sweating could all indicate heat stroke. Left untreated, it could be fatal. Tips to avoid heat stroke:
  • Limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure.
  • Drink before you feel thirsty — and drink fluids that contain electrolytes if you are sweating.
  • Shed layers and wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, and a hat.
  • Stay in air conditioned environments when possible. Don’t have AC?
  • Head to a library, grocery store or shopping mall.
  • If you live in L.A., Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, call 2-1-1 from any phone for a list of cooling center options;
  • Call nearby cooling centers in advance to ensure there’s space available.
  • Be especially cautious of exposure if you are taking blood pressure, allergy or psychiatric medication — high temperatures can affect your ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat.
  • Check in on the elderly to ensure they are safe during heat waves.
  • If you think you or someone you know is experiencing heat stroke, seek immediate medical help by calling 911.

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