Heat takes toll on worker in Deer Park

Man airlifted to hospital after suffering from heat exhaustion

By Samantha Ptashkin - Reporter

HOUSTON - A man in his 30s was airlifted to a hospital Friday after suffering from heat exhaustion.

It happened at the Praxair plant at 622 Tidal Road.

Deer Park police said the man was working on a crane when the symptoms set in.

According to Dr. Darrell Calderon, of CHI St. Luke's Health, symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, heavy breathing and cramping. He said children and the elderly are most prone to heat exhaustion, but it can happen to anyone during extreme heat.

"It's that time of year when athletes, like football players, are outside for training camp and they need to stay hydrated," Calderon said.

If someone you know is suffering from heat exhaustion, call 911 right away. Calderon said before emergency crews arrive, try to spray cold water on the person and strip their clothes off so they can cool down.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on a hot day you should be drinking a cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes.

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