As the summer heat settles in, it’s important to understand who is at risk for heat-related illness. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are progressive in nature, meaning each stage will become more severe without intervention.
The people most at risk for heat-related illness are:
- Those who work or exercise outdoors in the heat, such as athletes, laborers, military personnel and workers who wear protective clothing (e.g. firefighters).
- Anyone who works in hot indoor environments with poor ventilation are also at increased risk, such as kitchen or laundry workers.
- Vulnerable groups with poor heat tolerance, including older adults aged 65 and over, young children and anyone with existing medical conditions.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog to learn more about heat-related illness.