Test Your Knowledge Of Heat Exhaustion

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With temperatures expected to top out at 100 degrees or higher through Saturday, we've created a quiz to test your knowledge of heat exhaustion.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Heat stroke is a serious condition, marked by a body temperature of 106 degrees or more; hot, dry skin; and a rapid pulse. Which of these steps should be done immediately? There is more than one correct answer. 

    • A.

      Seek immediate medical care; call 911.

    • B.

      Move the victim to a cooler environment, with fans or air conditioning, or give a cold bath or sponging to reduce body temperature.

    • C.

      Encourage the drinking of hydrating fluids.

    • D.

      Remove clothing.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Seek immediate medical care; call 911.
    B. Move the victim to a cooler environment, with fans or air conditioning, or give a cold bath or sponging to reduce body temperature.
    D. Remove clothing.
    Explanation
    Fluids are not recommended by the American Red Cross. Seek medical care or call 911 first, then try to comfort the victim in a cooler environment and remove clothing while waiting for emergency medical care.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following is NOT a symptom of heat exhaustion?

    • A.

      Confusion

    • B.

      Hallucination

    • C.

      Pale Skin

    • D.

      Head Ache

    Correct Answer
    B. Hallucination
    Explanation
    Hallucination is not a symptom of heat exhaustion. Other symptoms of heat disorder include muscle cramps, nausea, dark colored urine and rapid heartbeat, according to WebMD.

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  • 3. 

    Cramps in the muscles of the legs and abdomen can be an early sign of heat exhaustion. What's the best first aid?

    • A.

      Firm pressure on the cramping muscle or a gentle massage to relieve spasms.

    • B.

      Sipping water to induce nausea.

    • C.

      A cold shower.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    A. Firm pressure on the cramping muscle or a gentle massage to relieve spasms.
    Explanation
    You should put pressure on the cramping muscle and gently massage it to relieve spasms. You can also sip water, but if nausea develops, stop drinking the water. Seek the help of a doctor if the condition persists.

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  • 4. 

    At 10 a.m. July 5, Indystar.com reported a temperature of 91 degrees and "feels like 96." What is the "feels like" temperature?

    • A.

      It feels hotter when there's no wind.

    • B.

      It's the heat plus the radiance of the sun.

    • C.

      It's the heat … and the humidity.

    • D.

      It's the heat … and the humidity, the wind and the sun's strength.

    Correct Answer
    D. It's the heat … and the humidity, the wind and the sun's strength.
    Explanation
    The first three choices are partially correct. It's the heat and the humidity primarily, but the wind and the strength of the sunshine (due to a lack of clouds) also affect the "feels like" temperature. It's also called the "heat index," and was created to predict the likelihood of heat disorders with prolonged exposure or strenuous activities.

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  • 5. 

    Studies indicate that, other things being equal, the severity of heat disorders tends to increase with . . .

    • A.

      Your physical condition

    • B.

      Your age

    • C.

      A higher SPF factor on sunscreen

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Your age
    Explanation
    It's your age. Conditions that cause heat cramps in a 17-year-old may result in heat exhaustion in someone 40 years old, and in heat stroke in a person older than 60 (the very young are more vulnerable too). A higher SPF factor increases the power of your sunscreen.

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  • 6. 

    During extreme heat, follow which of these rules?

    • A.

      Direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself.

    • B.

      Take off your hat to allow the heat to escape from your body.

    • C.

      Wear heavy, dark clothing.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    A. Direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself.
    Explanation
    Use fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air. Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes. Hats and caps help you stay cool.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following drinks will best prevent heat exhaustion during periods of extreme exhaustion or humidity?

    • A.

      Sports Drink

    • B.

      Water

    • C.

      Iced Coffee

    • D.

      Beer

    Correct Answer
    A. Sports Drink
    Explanation
    Fluids containing alcohol or caffeine can lead to dehydration. WebMD says sports drinks are preferable to water in extreme heat. Your results are next. Obviously, the more answers you got correct, the better prepared you are for the heat. But the goal is to share some tips of the American Red Cross, WebMD, the National Weather Service and the Environmental Protection Agency on the dangers of excessive heat. You can learn more at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml. To take the quiz again visit: INSERT LINK

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