As temperatures continue to rise and the summer season gets in full swing, individuals should keep the potential for heat-related illnesses in mind.
While heat rash, cramps and sunburns also fall within the category, the symptoms for heat exhaustion and heat stroke should be a familiarity for those planning outdoor activities over the next few months. Organizations like the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team respond to numerous calls of individuals experiencing these illnesses on hiking trails each year.
Drew Stevens is the team’s Public Information Officer. He says those dealing with heat exhaustion may feel fatigue, nausea, headaches and dizziness which can be remedied through rest and hydration. However, if someone starts displaying symptoms of heat stroke, the situation must be treated far more critically.
Stevens says while the rapid cooling will assist an individual dealing with heat stroke, they also need to call 911 and seek emergency care. He adds conditioning yourself with lighter activities before committing to more strenuous ones is a major preventative as well.
Individuals should also avoid the heat of the day by planning their outdoor recreation for in the morning and evening hours.
The Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team is an all-volunteer crew serving as Kentucky’s busiest wilderness rescue team, and is funded entirely through donations. More information can be found by clicking here.