This incident is a frightening reminder of the heat in Montana

This incident is a frightening reminder of the heat in Montana

Now that summer has officially begun after the long three-day Memorial weekend, more and more of us will be out in Montana enjoying Big Sky Country.


This means that you are under this big ball of fire that is also the sky. Enjoying the sun can be wonderful, but it can also lead to very bad reactions to your health.

Stay healthy and safe from the heat of the Montana sun

Just this week, my family sat and watched our grandson compete in a local track and field competition at Great Falls High Memorial Stadium. As we cheered on the competitors, we suddenly noticed the presence of police working with local emergency responders.

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Due to the heat, a woman was overwhelmed by the sun and suffered from the effects of heat illness. Fortunately, thanks to the help of passers-by and rescue workers, the woman was unharmed. But it shows how quickly such incidents can happen.

It is important to know the signs of sun or heat stroke

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

In case of heat stroke:

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • dizziness
  • Nausea
  • confusion
  • Unconsciousness (fainting)

For heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale and moist skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fainting (unconsciousness)

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

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