What Is a Heat-Related Illness? It’s exactly what it sounds like! A heat-related illness is an illness that’s caused by the heat. In most cases, these illnesses are triggered by the body’s inability to acclimate to heat or by dehydration. In either case, the consequences can be dangerous and even deadly—heat stroke is actually considered an emergency medical condition.
Types of Heat-Related Illnesses
- Heat cramps
- Heat syncope (fainting)
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat stroke
How Can I Stay Safe Out in the Heat?The temperatures in a Tennessee summer can be unforgiving. In order to keep yourself safe from heat-related illness, it’s very important to practice two-step prevention—keep yourself hydrated and cool. That means sipping water regularly throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, since you can already be slightly dehydrated at that point. Try to stay indoors in the heat of the day, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outside during that time, do your best to keep your body temperature as cool as you’re able by seeking shade.