Today is national heat stroke awareness day, this condition is a leading cause of death for kids in vehicles under the age of 14.
It’s a preventable death, that affects many across the country. A local hospital tells us heat related injuries are common in the Rio Grande Valley.
Oftentimes, one can cool down by moving to a shaded area or drinking water.
We asked, what you should do if you or a loved one has a heat stroke.
“We don’t want to stick anybody in a cold bath right away. We want to make sure it’s a gradual cool down. lots of fluids, light clothing, if someone’s at home I recommend a tepid shower, not to cold, not to hot.” Said Joanne Shannon of the McAllen Medical Center.
The director tells us to visit a hospital if you’re experiencing sever vomiting, nausea, loss of vision, or sudden confusion.
They also urge to not attempt to drive yourself to a hospital when suffering a heat stroke.