This Incident a Scary Reminder About Heat in Montana

With summer now officially underway after the long 3-day Memorial weekend, more and more of us will be outside in Montana enjoying the Big Sky country.


That means being under that big ball of fire that is the sky also.  The sun can be wonderful to enjoy, but it also can lead to some very bad reactions concerning your health.

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Staying Healthy and Safe from the Heat of the Sun in Montana

Just this week, my family sat watching our grandson during a local track meet held at Great Falls High Memorial Stadium.  As we cheered on competitors, we also noticed a police presence suddenly, teamed with local first responders.

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Due to the heat, a woman had been overcome by the sun and was suffering the effects of heat illness.  Thankfully with the help of bystanders and the emergency personnel, the woman was alright.  But it shows just how quickly these incidents can happen.

Knowing the Signs of Sun or Heat Stroke Is Important

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there are certain ways to spot someone who may be suffering a heat illness.

For heat stroke:

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

For heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fainting (passing out)

For more information on heat related illness, check the CDC website here.

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