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Heat Emergencies/Environmental

When spending time in the sun and heat, be aware of not only the temperature, but also the heat index.  The heat index is the actual temperature the body feels due to the combined effects of temperature and humidity.  The cooling effects of perspiration are reduced as humidity rises, and your body is unable to cool itself naturally.  Anyone can be overcome by heat – but the elderly, disabled or small children are at the greatest risk.

If working outside on a warm day, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, take measure to keep cool and know the symptoms of heat exhaustion.

Early warning signs include:

  • decreased energy 
  • loss of appetite 
  • faintness 
  • feeling lightheaded
  • nausea

People with these symptoms should seek a cool place, drink fluids, remove excess clothing and get rest.

Signs that require immediate medical attention include rapid heartbeat, severe headache, chest pain, confusion, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing and unconsciousness. Call 9-1-1 if you encounter these symptoms.

The Burnsville Fire Department wants you to have an enjoyable and safe summer.  For additional questions on Heat Emergencies contact the Department at 952-895-4570.

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