It seems to be another hot year for the Treasure Coast. Last year was as warm as I can remember in the past 35 years. Fishing continues to be good around the area and how hot the water temperatures get will determine where, when and how you will fish this summer. Last year the mangroves and docks were very productive for us in the heat of the day. Being prepared for those hot days are essential to staying healthy and safe when out on the water. Drinking plenty of fluids and recognizing signs of trouble can not only keep you safe, it could save your life.
Heat Stroke/Heat Exhaustion
With the heat of summer upon us, make sure you have a plan for an emergency. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion is always a possibility when out on the water.
Cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. Body temperature will be near normal.
Hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. Body temperature can be very high-- as high as 105 degrees F. If the person was sweating from heavy work or exercise, skin may be wet; otherwise, it will feel dry.
Get the person out of the heat and into a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. If the person is conscious, give cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Give a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes. Do not give liquids that contain alcohol or caffeine. Let the victim rest in a comfortable position, and watch carefully for changes in his or her condition.
Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation. Help is needed fast. Call 911 or your local emergency number. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body. Immerse victim in a cool bath, or wrap wet sheets around the body and fan it. Watch for signals of breathing problems. Keep the person lying down and continue to cool the body any way you can. If the victim refuses water or is vomiting or there are changes in the level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.
Check out the Red Cross web site for more information: www.redcross.org
As always, remember that fishing isn't just another hobby.....it's an ADVENTURE!
Good fishing and be safe,
Captain Charlie Conner