What to do

If you notice that someone has signs of heat exhaustion, you should:

  • get them to lie down in a cool place such as a room with air conditioning or somewhere in the shade
  • removeany unnecessary clothing to expose as much of their skin as possible
  • cool their skin use whatever you have available, such as a cool, wet sponge or flannel, cold packs around the neck and armpits, or wrap them in a cool, wet sheet
  • fan their skin while it's moist this will help the water to evaporate, which will help their skin cool down
  • get them to drink fluids this should ideally be water, fruit juiceor a rehydration drink, such as a sports drink

Stay with the person until they're feeling better. Most people should start torecover within 30 minutes.

If the person is unconscious, you should follow the steps above and place the personin the recovery position until help arrives (see below).If they have a seizure, move nearby objects out of the way to prevent injury.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018