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Heat Exhaustion

The following are common injuries and problems encountered in Florida. Most of these are more common during the hot summer months, but can be encountered at any time during the year. We provide these helpful prevention and treatments tips and as a service to visitors to and residents of Florida.

Never leave children or animals in hot and/or poorly ventilated areas, even for several minutes. Limit vigorous activity periods On hot days and avoid long- term sun exposure. Offer cool fluids to drink frequently on hot days.

The cause of this problem is not elevated body temperature but dehydration and electrolyte (Chemical) imbalance. Give cool WATER to drink in large amounts. (Do not offer soda, Gatorade or other salt-containing fluids.) Rest in cool area. If fever by thermometer (not by touch) or disorientation occur, go to hospital Emergency Department immediately!