The death of young college freshman Josh Fant from Granbury has prompted me to write about heat exhaustion. With so many kids playing fall sports right now - and many warm days still ahead - parents should be aware of the dangers associated with heat stroke. No parent should have to endure something like Josh’s parents.

According to MayoClinic.com, heat exhaustion often begins suddenly after excessive exercise, heavy perspiration and not getting enough fluids. Symptoms may include:

Feeling Faint Nausea Heavy sweating Ashen appearance Rapid, weak heartbeat Low blood pressure Cool, moist skin Low-grade fever

Things you should do if you have heat exhaustion:

Get out of the sun and into a shady or air-conditioned location Lay down and elevate the legs and feet slightly Loosen or remove clothing Drink cool water, not iced, or a sports drink containing electrolytes Spray or sponge with cool water and fanning If fever is greater than 102F, fainting, confusion or seizures occur, dial 911

We haven’t had a really hot summer, but sometimes we forget what the heat can do to us. Let this be a reminder to all that it can be deadly.

Rochelle Stidham is Publisher of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at 254-968-2379, ext. 225.