Preventing Heat Stroke

By: Jeremy Olivier, Lofton Safety Services

Aug 2, 2022

August is here, which means it’s HOT! On average, over 720 people die each year from heat related illness, all 100% preventable. Working in a hot, humid environment can be difficult or even fatal if you ignore the signs and symptoms of heat-related disorders. While our bodies have several ways of maintaining a safe temperature (like sweating), it becomes much more difficult in a hot environment.

When the body is unable to cool itself and your body temperature reaches 103°F, you are suffering a heat stroke.

What are the symptoms?

  • High body temperature
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Flushed or red, dry skin
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Headache or dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Muscle weakness/cramps
  • No sweating

Of course, the first line of defense is to prevent heat stroke from occurring in the first place. To avoid getting heat stroke, be sure to follow these tips:

  • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water during the day.
  • Wear appropriate clothing.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Take more breaks (to drink water and/or get out of the sun).
  • Use the buddy system to watch for signs of heat stroke.
  • Use a cooling neck-gaiter.
  • If possible, schedule activities away from the hottest time of the day.

Not all cases can be prevented however, so it is imperative to have a good emergency plan to deal with heat illness. When you suspect someone is suffering a heat stroke, there are a few actions you can take immediately to aid a heat stroke victim:

  • Call 911.
  • Move the person to a cool area.
  • Remove PPE and excess clothing.
  • Apply ice packs to the armpits, groin, neck, and back. If ice packs are not available, try to cool the person’s body temperature by fanning air, while wetting his/her skin.
  • Monitor and maintain their airway, breathing and circulation.

How can Lofton Safety help?

Workers have a right to a safe workplace. If you have questions regarding safety issues or training, contact Lofton Safety Services at 337-330-2642 or For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit

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