Don’t mess with the heat
The Red Cross gives information about heat ailments on its Web site at www.louisianaredcross.org and is a good resource if you have questions.
Exposure to full sunshine and high humidity can increase what the temperature outside feels like by a full 15 degrees.
What to watch for as signals of heat emergencies:
• Heat exhaustion — cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache, nausea or vomiting; dizziness or exhaustion.
• Heat stroke — hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse and rapid, shallow breathing. Sweat may or may not be present.