Conditions That Increase Your Risk of Developing a Heat-Related Illness
Many conditions can increase your risk for developing a heat-related illness.
- Environmental conditions that make it hard to stay cool
- High outdoor temperature, or high indoor temperature without cooling devices such as fans or air-conditioning
- High humidity
- High outdoor temperature and no wind or very light wind
- Intense physical exertion or having to wear heavy and restrictive work clothing in hot weather
- Losing body fluids from sweating without drinking enough to replace those lost fluids and minerals
- You have not been able to acclimate to a hot environment and you have had a heat-related illness in the past.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: September 1, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine