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Learn to
Recognize and Treat Heat-Related Illness

Let’s cut to the chase. It’s summer in Texas, and it’s not just hot; it’s melt-the-paint-off-your-car hot. Walking from your front door to your car is not something you do lightly these days. It takes mental and physical preparation. If you make your living building skyscrapers, digging oil wells or doing other strenuous outdoor work, you should learn to recognize and treat the signs of heat-related illness.

Excess heat can place abnormal stress on your body. Hard work during high heat and humidity can cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. These are your body’s warning signs that your core temperature is rising. Heat stress can happen suddenly. It can also be dangerous, resulting in organ or brain damage.

Heat cramps

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Heat exhaustion

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Heat stroke

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