Recognizing the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

If you’re planning an outdoor event during the summer, you need to consider local temperatures. In Philadelphia, the summer season is synonymous with intense heat—the average high temperature for July in the City of Brotherly Love is a whopping 87 degrees. This means that a fun outdoor corporate event, birthday party, or wedding can quickly turn into an unsafe disaster.

Heat exhaustion is a temperature-related illness that can occur after someone has been outside in the sun for too long. Although heat exhaustion isn’t as serious as a case of heat stroke, it can quickly advance into a stroke if left untreated. Understanding the symptoms of heat exhaustion can potentially help you save a life this summer. Here are a few symptoms to watch out for.

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Profuse sweating
  • Pale skin
  • Headaches
  • A rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you believe that someone at your event is suffering from heat exhaustion, don’t panic. Act quickly and take a few steps to rehydrate the person. Here’s what to do.

  • Move the person out of the sun. First and foremost, you need to move the victim out of direct sunlight. Party events and tent rentals in Philadelphia from companies like Tents & Events offer a portable source of shade and complement any summer event. Consider renting a tent if you’re hosting a long outdoor event.
  • Rehydrate the person. Encourage the victim to rehydrate by drinking water. Offer chilled water or a sports drink—sports drinks have electrolytes that can help the person recover more quickly. Avoid drinks with caffeine (like sodas, coffee, or energy drinks) or alcohol, as these can make the dehydration worse.
  • Call for help. If the person doesn’t show signs of improvement after 15 minutes, a heat stroke might have set in. Call for emergency medical assistance and stay with the person.

When planned correctly, warm weather events can be tons of fun. Tent rentals in Southampton from Tents & Events can make your summer event a little safer. Give us a call today to learn more or schedule your rental