Heat Safety for Kids

Exposure to extreme heat can cause illness and death. The most serious heat illness is heat stroke. Other heat illness, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramp and heat rash should be avoided. There are precautions that children can take at any time temperatures are too high:

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Children should think often and before they feel thirsty
  • Block out direct sunlight and other heat sources by wearing sunscreen, sun glasses or a hat
  • Wear lightweight, light colored and loose-fitting clothes
  • Children should be monitored for the sign/symptoms of heat illness

It is important to know symptoms of heat exhaustion: 

  • headache, dizziness or fainting
  • weakness and wet skin
  • irritability or confusion
  • thirst, nausea or vomiting

Symptoms of Heat Stroke:

  • May be confused, unable to think clearly, pass out, collapse or have seizures
  • May stop sweating

Risk factors for heat illness include: high temperature and humidity, direct sun exposure- no breeze, serious physical work or activity, low liquid intake, waterproof clothing and lack of recent exposure to hot environments.