Heat Illness Prevention & Sun Safety

Useful Guidelines From the US Army Institute of Public Health

Soldier in the sunImage: Courtesy US ARMY INSTITUTE of Public Medicine

Exposure to extreme heat is the reality of unit preparation for operational missions. Many heat injuries are preventable, and none need be fatal.

Leaders must assess unit’s missions and training requirements against the risk associated with operating in warm weather environments. Early recognition and treatment of Soldiers presenting with symptoms of heat injuries are key to saving lives.

Army Policy

Heat Injury References


Heat Injury Prevention Products

  • “Heat Can Kill” (2011) (18 min 17 sec)??external link??(Password protected – AKO)
  • U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Video “Heat Injury Prevention” (2008) (3 min 11 sec) external link

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Heat illness – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Heat illness or heat-related illness is a spectrum of disorders due to environmental heat exposure. It includes minor conditions such as heat cramps, heat??

Heat Illness: MedlinePlus

Heat Illness.. Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Also available in Spanish ?? Heat Injury and Heat Exhaustion(American Academy??

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Other resources online: (Google Search Term: Heat Injury)

  1. Heat Injuries – Virtual Sports Injury Clinic

    http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net ??? Sports Injuries ??? General Medical
    May 13, 2012 – There are several forms of heat injury which are usually caused by exercise participation in extreme heat or a lack of fluid intake (dehydration).

  2. Ice or Heat? Should You Use Ice or Heat on an Injury

    http://orthopedics.about.com??? Health ??? Orthopedics ??? Hip & Knee ??? Treatments
    Jul 26, 2011 – Ice or heat, that is the question. Some injuries need ice, others need heat. Which is appropriate for your condition? Learn about ice and heat??

  3. Heat Illness – STOP Sports Injuries

    Signs of dehydration. How to spot and prevent sports related dehydration.

  4. [PDF] prevention and treatment of heat and cold stress injuries – US Navy

    Navy Environmental Health Center. Technical Manual NEHC-TM-OEM 6260.6A. June 2007. PREVENTION AND. TREATMENT OF HEAT AND. COLD STRESS??