Restoration Local Offers Tips On Avoiding Heat Exhaustion As Severe Weather Season Peaks

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Heat is one of the most dangerous elements of severe weather season. A restoration professional offers advice on how to not become a victim of the silent weather killer.

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Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration service in the United States, is offering tips on avoiding heat exhaustion or similar physical problems as severe weather season winds to a close. Heat is often referred to as the silent weather killer, and claims an average of 175 lives every year.

Humans get rid of excess heat through sweating, but once the surrounding air becomes hotter than the skin, on an average of 98 degrees, it becomes progressively more difficult for the human body to get rid of heat properly and efficiently. High temps or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will often cause body temps to rise. Physical problems up to and including heat stroke become very real possibilities.

Heat disorders also become more likely with age, as a 17 year old is better able to process excess heat problems than someone in their 40s, and people in their 60s may be extremely prone to heat stroke. Heat is the leading non severe weather killer in the US, and some of the signs of overheating may include:

  •     Increased temperature (not above 104 degrees).
  •     Sweating profusely.
  •     Pale skin that is cool or clammy to the touch.
  •     Rapid and/or shallow breathing.
  •     Headache, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  •     Dizziness, fainting, or weakness.
  •     Muscle cramps.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms are advised to move in, out of the sun, drink plenty of water, and allow their body a chance to properly cool down. Air conditioning and ice cream may also be used to bring the body temperatures back within normal parameters. In the event of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, contact a physician for immediate treatment.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration services in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.

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