Texas UPS driver, Christopher Begley, 57, died earlier this week after falling ill while working his route in North Texas. His untimely death is currently being investigated, but sources say that the Texas heat could be to blame.

If you work outdoors in the heat, or in a confined space without air conditioning, it's very important to know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and what to do if you think you might have it.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

Sweating heavily

Clammy, cool, or pale skin

Tiredness or weakness

Weak pulse


Muscle cramping

Vomiting or nausea

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms such as these after spending time in a hot environment, these first aid tips could save your life:

Move to a cooler environment with air conditioning

Loosen your clothing

Apply cool and wet clothes to the affected person, or sit down in a cool bath

Drink sips of water

If the person experiencing heat exhaustion vomits more than once, or their symptoms worsen over the next hour, it's time to seek medical treatment.

Please take care of yourselves. It's been a horrifically hot summer, and your job is not worth your health. For more information on heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, please click here to learn more.

Do you have experience with heat exhaustion or heat stroke as a delivery driver? I'd like to hear from you. Feel free to email me at Chrissy.Covington@townsquaremedia.com.

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