Fact Sheet

Water Dehydration

When a person does not drink enough water or loses large amounts of fluids because of diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, or strenuous exercise, dehydration can occur. When the body becomes dehydrated, it reabsorbs fluid from the blood and other body tissues. If a person is severely dehydrated, there is no longer enough fluid in the body to get blood to the vital organs and the person may begin to go into shock. Severe dehydration and shock are life threatening. Symptoms that require emergency care (even if only one of them is present) include:

Recommendations

To prevent dehydration among its staff and volunteers on a construction/renovation project, nonprofits should advise volunteers to:

Resources

Dehydration Prevention

Dehydration Overview