Summer in Texas is sweltering. While this doesn’t stop us from enjoying the sunshine, it’s crucial to know when your body needs a break. We handed out wallet-sized “Signs of Heat Exhaustion” cards at the annual Katy Trail 5K last week to educate runners on what symptoms to look for and immediate treatments.

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The top signs of heat exhaustion can easily be mistaken for other ailments, but it’s important that you make sure to know what to look for. We recommend closely monitoring younger kids, who may not be as vocal or aware of these symptoms, after a long day outside.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion

  1. A mild headache
  2. Nausea/vomiting
  3. Dizziness/confusion
  4. Fatigue/weakness
  5. Muscle cramps
  6. Heavy sweating

If you or someone you know seems to be experiencing these symptoms, here are some immediate steps you can take to treat heat exhaustion:

  1. Move to a cooler place
  2. Cool with ice packs on the neck
  3. Drink cool water/sports drink
  4. Lay down and rest

Solv has created a handy heat exhaustion tip card to help you remember this info. Save the images below to your phone or print them to stash in your wallet, so you can be prepared at any time.

Back of Card

Front of Card

When in doubt, don’t be afraid to take a break from the sun – arts and crafts, baking, and board games are equally fun indoor activities!