Being outdoors, whether camping or participating in sports, is a
wonderful way to stay healthy. But exerting yourself in hot
conditions can lead to sickness or even death.
Severe cramps in the legs are called Heat Cramps. These are not
serious, but indicate you need to find a cool spot to relax. Drink a cool
glass of water and remain inactive until you feel better.
Symptoms for Heat Exhaustion are cold and pale skin plus sweating, faintness,
weakness or dizziness. If you see someone with these symptoms, get him or
her to a cool place immediately. Raise the person's feet and give them
cool water to drink. Call a physician immediately for advice.
Heat Stroke symptoms include hot and flushed skin, a fever of at least 105
degrees, a lack of sweat and delirium or loss of consciousness. If this
occurs, call 911 immediately! Try to cool the person off as quickly as
possible while you wait for the ambulance. Try to get the person in a cool
bath or shower. Always stay with the person, and if they are unconscious,
go in the bath or shower with them and hold them up. If they are
conscious, see if you can get them to sip some water.