This winter may have been a long and cold one, but rest assured: summer is coming. And when it finally does come, it’s important to be aware of some of the dangers that summer presents before enjoying all the myriad pleasures it brings.
Heat stroke, also known as sun stroke, is an illness brought on when body temperatures rise to dangerous levels. Without proper hydration, and
without assuaging prolonged periods of exertion with intermediary periods of shade and rest, heat stroke becomes a very serious and very probable event. That’s why one must be very cautious when performing physical activity during the summer months. This includes both work and recreational activity.
40.6 °C (105.1 °F) is the commonly cited degree-point, the cutoff temperature when discussing hyperthermia in human beings. When body temperatures ascend above this temperature, heat stroke may very well occur.
If you believe someone you know has suffered a heat stroke, the following steps should be taken:
-Bring the affected person indoors, or into the shade if no indoor area is immediately accessible
-Remove outer layers of clothing, so as to promote body heat loss
-Apply cool rags to the skin of the affected person
-The affected person should be given cool beverages (preferably water) to drink
-If the heat stroke is life threatening, immersion into ice cold water can be used as an emergency method
It’s important to stay mindful of everyday dangers. The temperature inside a car with its windows rolled up can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes on a hot summer day. Even with a window cracked, inside temperatures can rise dramatically. It’s imperative to not leave unattended children inside cars during the summer.
In serious cases of heat stroke, cardiac arrest may even occur.
Another area rife with the possibility of heat stroke is the workplace. It is all too easy to overlook precautionary measures in the name of making profit. When physical outdoor activity is part of a job, it is necessary for all bosses and managers to mandate water breaks and cool downs so as to ensure the safety of their workers. If you’ve suffered a heat stroke at work, and you think negligence on the behalf of your employer may be to blame, Kaplan Lawyers PC will fight for your rightful compensation. The first step is scheduling a free consultation, wherein we’ll inform you as to the extent of your rights and get the ball rolling on your legal processes.
Everyone looks forward to the warm weather. We at Kaplan Lawyers PC want you to have a fun -and safe- summer.