Heat Stroke Prevention

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KOSA -- Heat stroke can occur after your body temperature reaches above 103 degrees Fahrenheit according to the Center for Disease Control.

With temperatures breaking records Saturday, it’s even more important to know how to avoid getting too over heated.

"Start getting dizzy nauseous altered level of consciousness you can have fainting, you can have cramping and so usually it's a multitude of things that causes heatstroke,” said Rodd Huber, Assistant Fire Chief with Odessa Fire Rescue.

Young children and the elderly are those most likely to experience heat stroke. Preventing heat stroke is simple, and could mean the difference between life or death.

"Try to avoid those afternoon hours when it's the hottest. Try to avoid being out there for long periods of time and staying hydrated,” said Huber.

Heat stroke can cause organ failure and brain damage if left untreated.

If you feel symptoms of heat stroke it’s best to call 911 immediately.

"Once you start having profuse sweating if you start having any cramping heat cramps, you start really feeling hot and thirsty you really need to be extra careful about, you try to stop it there so it doesn't keep getting worse and worse,” said Huber.

Heat stroke symptoms can often take time to surface, so keep in mind the best way to be preventative is to stay hydrated, and if you can, stay out of the sun when there are high temperatures.