According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 600 Americans die each year to heat-related illnesses. With high temperatures on the horizon in West Texas here are a few tips to recognize the signs.

Signs of heat exhaustion

  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea or cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fainting
  • Weakness or confusion
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pale or clammy skin
  • Muscle cramping
  • Dark-colored urine

Signs of heat stroke

  • Hot, red or dry skin
  • High body temperature of 103 or higher
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizures
  • Losing consciousness (coma)

“If you notice any of these signs please call 911 immediately because heat stroke can be fatal,” said Cari Waller of the Abilene Health Department.