CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s that time of the year, especially this weekend in western Massachusetts, when you have to keep an eye on your health when it comes to the heat.

It is that time of the year now when you have to keep an eye on your health when it comes to heat. Heat-related illnesses occur every year and can sometimes lead to death if not treated right away. It is important to know the signs of heat exhaustion, which include:

  • Feeling dizzy
  • Fainting
  • Excessive sweating, cool or clammy skin
  • Muscle cramps

These symptoms can also be related to dehydration. If you experience any of these it’s important to get to a cool, air conditioned place, drink lots of water, and take a cool shower or apply an ice pack on yourself.

The most dangerous when it comes to heat illnesses is a heat stroke. Some signs of a heat stroke can be a throbbing headache, not being able to sweat, red hot skin or loss of consciousness.

If you experience any of these call 911 immediately.