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Beat the Heat

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a Heat Advisory, in effect today from noon to 7 p.m.

Most heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness.

Heat Stroke

  • High body temperature (103 or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Feeling confused
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

What to Do

  • Call 911 right away - heat stroke is a medical emergency
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Help lower the person's temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
  • Do not give the person anything to drink

Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Headache
  • Fainting (passing out)

What to Do

  • Move to a cool place
  • Loosen your clothes
  • Put cool, wet cloths on your body or take a cool bath
  • Sip water
  • Get medical help right away if:
    • You are throwing up
    • Your symptoms get worse
    • Your symptoms last longer than 1 hour

Heat Cramps

  • Heavy sweating during intense exercise
  • Muscle pain or spasms

What to Do

  • Stop physical activity and move to a cool place
  • Drink water or a sports drink
  • Wait for cramps to go away before you do any more physical activity
  • Get medical help right away if:
    • Cramps last longer than 1 hour
    • You’re on a low-sodium diet
    • You have heart problems​