How does Heat Affect the Homeless?

Heat and the homeless

Heat Wave High Temperatures

It is no surprise that the homeless community in Baltimore is constantly exposed to the elements daily. While there are shelters in place to help individuals escape the elements, many are still left to deal with the weather on a daily basis. This means that these individuals are exposed to the extreme heat and humidity that comes with the summer months in Baltimore.

In order to help the homeless deal with the high heats of the months, it is first important to understand what they are at risk of. Being hot is an obvious ailment, but that heat can lead to more severe issues.

  • Heat Cramps- These cramps most commonly occur in the stomach or legs and are followed by heavy sweating. While these cramps don’t require a doctor’s care, the individual experiencing the cramps should stop any activity and drink liquids like water or juice.
  • Heat Exhaustion- This can follow heat cramps if precautions have yet to be taken. The individual will become extremely fatigued and could experience headaches, dizziness, extreme thirst, and extreme sweating. When heat exhaustion occurs, the individual should be moved to an air-conditioned location and given cool liquids. A cool bath or shower can also help.
  • Heat Stroke- This condition can become extremely dangerous, even deadly, if not treated immediately. This occurs when the body is no longer able to regulate temperature. The ability to sweat is lost and the body’s temperature can continue to increase at a rapid rate. The individual could experience intense headaches, anxiety, an increased pulse, and confusion. Medical attention should be sought immediately. While waiting, the individual should be cooled with wet clothes, cool liquids, and the removal of layers of clothing if possible.


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