Warning Signs

Updated Tuesday December 22, 2015 by Cheryl Erickson.

Watch for these warning signs of heat illness:
No two kids are exactly alike, which means you must constantly monitor all your students or athletes for signs of heat-related illness. Children may try to ignore the seriousness of heat illness, but coaches and directors must take no chances when symptoms appear. Learn to recognize the warning signs of the most dangerous forms of heat illness, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Be ready to respond immediately with appropriate care. 

Condition Symptoms Response Care 
Heat Exhaustion
  • Normal or slightly elevated body temperature
  • Pale, clammy skin with profuse perspiration
  • General weakness with possible headaches
  • Nausea and/or vomiting x Dizziness and/or fainting
Stop activity immediately. Get victim to a cool, dry environment and drink plenty of fluids. Do not resume activity until normal fluid balances reestablished (1-2 days
Heat Stroke
  • High body temperature (106qF or higher)
  • Hot, red and dry skin conditions
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Victim may be unconscious
Requires immediate medical attention. While waiting for medical response, get victim to cool environment.