Becoming Aware of Heat-Related Illness

By WEEK Reporter

June 18, 2012 Updated Jun 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- American Red Cross wants to make sure people are aware of the warning signs of heat-related illnesses in hot weather.

Since the summer as been hitting hard with it's heat, the American Red Cross is making sure that people become aware of any heat related illness while outside.

There are many different warning signs in dealing with these illnesses.

Some of the symptoms to any type of heat exhaustion include: muscle cramps, dizziness, extreme sweating and fainting.

It is important, while outside, to watch out for any of these symptoms in yourself and others.

Erin Miller, Red Cross Communications Coordinator, says, "The most important thing that you can do is drink a lot of water. You want to stay properly hydrated. You know, when your body is sweating, trying to keep itself cool, you want to replenish those liquids. So, we always tell people to drink even when you're not thirsty, in weather like this."

It is also important to keep an eye on young children and people who are elderly because they are more susceptible to a heat-related illness.

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