• Post last modified:October 5, 2020
  • Post category:Insurance

For the rest of this week, we’re going to witness some intense heat and humidity that could break records for this time of the year.  While most of us love summer and the beautiful weather it brings, this extreme heat could be dangerous to you and your family’s health.  That’s why it’s so important to remain cool if you’re outside in the days to come. Too many people think that they can handle this high heat without a problem, but trust me, you can’t! Everyone has a heat limit, and it’s probably what the thermometer is going to read for today and tomorrow! You certainly don’t want to have a Connecticut Insurance claim on you hands from a heat related illness that could have been avoided.  

If you’re exercising outside today or tomorrow, forewarn! In order for your body to cool itself in the form of sweat, you body has to send more blood throughout your body to cool your skin, but this leaves a lack of blood for your muscles (they’re kind of a big deal).  This causes an increased heart rate, and furthermore if it’s humid outside (like today), your sweat that is meant to cool your skin cannot evaporate, thus raises your body temperature more.  This is not good!

So what exactly is a heat-related illness? You always heat about heat stroke affecting athletes who practice outside when the weather is this hot, but it can actually happen to anyone doing any type of activity outside, not just athletes. And what about heat cramps and heat exhaustion? What’s the difference there? Well look no further… we have the answers for all of your questions!

  • Heat cramps.These are muscle contractions that can sometimes be extremely painful. Mostly occurring in your legs and core muscles, this can happen even though your body temperature feels fine.
  • Heat exhaustion. This can occur when your body temperature rises as high as 104 F.  It can cause  nausea, vomiting, headache, fainting, weakness and cold, clammy skin.
  • Heatstroke.  This is the worst of them all.  Heatstroke can be extremely dangerous as it is life threatening.  It happens when your body temperature goes above 104 F!  This is a state of emergency and you need immediate medical attention.