Practice Heat Safety This Summer

Friday, July 14, 2017

​With the current heat wave, the City of Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services is urging citizens to practice heat safety this summer and know the signs of heat stroke/exhaustion. Since May, Virginia Beach EMS members have treated approximately 70 patients with a complaint related to heat illness.

Learn the symptoms of heat related illness and what to do. Symptoms may include:

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Feeling confused, tired or weak
  • Losing consciousness (fainting)

Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Take breaks in the shade
  • Check on those who may be without air conditioning
  • NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle
  • Utilize the cooling stations provided by the City of Virginia Beach

If all else fails, stay inside where it is air conditioned. Should you witness someone suffering from a heat-related condition, call 911 immediately.

For more information contact Jennifer Babiak at (757) 385-5008 or

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