Throughout North and South America, heat exhaustion and / or stroke is a possibility, in some cases all year long, but at least through late Spring through late Fall, depending on where you live.
Even cooler climates can have days or periods of days where prolonged exposure to the sun in the heat of the day can lead to heat exhaustion and if left untreated, can lead to heat stroke.
During a survival situation – say the power is down during a heat wave on the East Coast – the threat to children and the elderly becomes acute almost every Summer.
Each year, we read stories about kids and pets harmed by being left in a car with the windows shut or only cracked and the heat of the day warming the car to dangerous levels.
On the next page, we cover the warning signs as well as what to do if you or someone you know shows those symptoms.