On average, about 675 people die each year in the United States from problems in the heat. But how do you know whether you should seek medical help or whether you should try to treat your symptoms at home?
In these extreme temperatures, you can definitely start suffering from heat exhaustion or stroke. Rural/Metro Paramedic Joe Funke says you should first get in a cool, shaded environment.
“Get in air conditioning if you can and drink water. Call for help if you can and see if symptoms go away. If they don't, seek help," Funke said.
Funke warns that the beginning signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, nausea and vomiting and that could progress to heat stroke.
“You could suffer from dizziness and neurological dysfunction, such as hallucinations. Heat stroke sets in when your body core temperature goes 104 degrees,” Funke said.
To make sure your body temperature doesn’t get that high, use cool water and ice packs to cool your body down.
Funke says the best place to put the ice peaks is under your armpits, neck and groin area.