Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion Safety

Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion Safety

Learn about the dangers of heatstroke and heat exhaustion, how to prevent becoming a victim of excessive heat, and what to do if you or a loved one has suffered a heat related tragedy.

In Greater Los Angeles, summers are all about having fun at the beach, a swimming pool, or an amusement park.  But unfortunately, summer is also synonymous with heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and heat-related death.

Recent Heat-Related Victims

Current examples of tragedies include a United States Postal Worker who died in her non-air-conditioned USPS truck while working in Woodland Hills where the temperature was nearly 120 degrees.  Also, very recently, a University of Maryland football player died of heat stroke during football practice.

These wrongful deaths show that heat related tragedies can strike anyone, including employees, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts.  The elderly are most at risk, as are small children who may be left in cars or non-air-conditioned areas for an extended period of time.  Employment law and OSHA regulations mandate that employers, including sports teams, have cooling areas, rest breaks, shade, water, and other heat illness prevention protocol in place.

Helpful Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Injuries

Heat related tragedies happen when you become dehydrated and your body’s cooling system fails to work properly, resulting in malfunctioning cells.  As your body temperature rises to 104 degrees and beyond, you are at significant risk for brain, heart, kidney, and liver damage resulting in permanent disabilities or death.

Tips to prevent heat exhaustion and heatstroke include:

  • Avoid outdoor activities on excessively hot days
  • If you must be outside, stay out of direct sunlight and avoid heavy exertion
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids
  • Wear lightweight, loose, lightly colored clothing
  • Wear a hat or use an umbrella
  • Use an appropriate level of SPF sunscreen
  • Go to an area or air-conditioned place like a mall, library, or recreation center

(See warning signs at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

Do You Have Heat Related Injuries or a Wrongful Death Case?

Potential at-fault parties for heat related injuries and wrongful deaths may include employers, sports teams, schools, public entities, nursing homes, day care facilities, and other similar entities.  These cases are often complex with complicated deadlines and too much at stake to trust anyone other than an award-winning Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.  Call us for a free and confidential consultation at 800-818-1818.  If you don’t recover, you don’t pay.