"Heat stroke is not an accident says Marilyn J. Heine, Pay attention when humidity rises to 70 percent and temperatures climb to about 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat stroke's symptoms are similar to those mentioned above, but are even more severe-profuse sweating, then hot, dry, red skin; high fever; vomiting; confusion; seizures during cooling; and unconsciousness. The blood pressure may be low or high, and lack of sweating is common, though athletes may perspire. The body temperature often will be 105 degrees or higher. "After calling 911," Dr. Heine says, "move the victim to a cooler location, remove heavy clothing, fan the body and wet it down with a cool sponge or cloth, and encourage the individual to drink cool fluids."During oppressively hot weather, keep cool and healthy by doing the following:

Don't overexert yourself. Drink a quart of fluids an hour.

Wear loose clothing light in color and fabric, as well as a hat and sunblock, and stay in the shade or indoors if possible.

Open windows and use fans, or turn on air conditioning. If you don't have air conditioning, go to a public place that does, like a mall, library, or movie theater.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can speed up dehydration.

Finally, be a good neighbor-check on elderly and chronically ill persons regularly to make sure they're bearing up under the heat.

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