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Avoid Heat Illnesses

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Avoid heat-related illnesses.

We have to watch out for one another! If you see anyone suffering from a heat-related illness, don’t wait to get their help. You might just save their life.

This month, we will be talking about heat illness. I know most of you spend the majority of your day in your air-conditioned truck; however, there are some of you who spend a considerable amount of time outside your truck.

The cab of your truck is probably pretty cool and comfortable when you have the key on. Did you know that 56 percent of drivers do not use an alternative to idling?

Heat is stressful to the fittest of people and extremely dangerous to those with poor physical stamina, weight issues, underlying medical issues like high blood pressure, and medications like diuretics, which can make you dehydrated.

Heat illness is a broad term that encompasses several conditions, ranging from mild heat cramps to life-threatening heat stroke.


One of the first signs of heat illness is heat cramps, which usually involve muscle cramping that occurs during or after intense or prolonged exercise in extreme heat conditions. The most common location for these cramps is in the lower legs, such as the calf muscles or feet.

If mild overheating is not treated in a timely fashion, it may progress to a more severe condition called heat exhaustion.

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