Health Matters

Heat Safety

Guest: Dr. Frene’ LaCour-Chestnut


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Summer is here and temperatures are rising. Dr. Frene' LaCour-Chestnut, faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine talks heat safety.

“Heat-related illnesses can be mild but may quickly progress to deadly heat stroke. The elderly, young, and people with chronic conditions are especially vulnerable.”

“Early signs may include muscle cramps, headaches, or nausea. If you experience these, cool down immediately– spray yourself with water, move into a cooler area, drink water, and put a cold pack on your neck, armpits, or groin.”

“Heat stroke symptoms include high body temperature, confusion, difficulty walking, or passing out. If you develop these, seek medical help immediately.”

To prevent Heat-related illnesses:

  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing
  • Stay hydrated
  • Schedule outdoor activities prior to peak sun hours
  • And avoid being in a hot car

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