Heat Advisory: Health Tips amid Soaring Temperatures

| August 27, 2013
Webster University Heat Tips

These flowers outside Loretto Hall can withstand hours in 100-degree heat without water. You cannot.

A heat advisory is in effect in the St. Louis area, and weather forecasters are predicting scorching temperatures in the coming days.

The body can typically accommodate one or two hot days fairly easily however an extended period of elevated temperatures tends to have a cumulative effect on us.

With that in mind, here is helpful info for the Webster community regarding heat illness and how to stay healthy, brought to you by the Student Health Services and Public Safety departments:

A heat emergency can turn deadly quickly. Knowing what to do until help arrives can save a life. This information that is vital to know when seconds count.

Those who are out in the heat should avoid alcohol, limit caffeine, take frequent breaks, drink water or electrolyte solutions such as Gatorade (which helps replace important electrolytes lost in sweat), wear loose fitting and light colored clothing and pay attention to their body by watching for the symptoms listed.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Muscle cramps
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Confusion
  • Strange behavior
  • Vomiting
  • Inability to drink
  • Red, hot, dry skin (may stop sweating)
  • Shallow breathing
  • Seizures

What To Do

  • Call Public Safety at ext. 6911 or 314-968-6911.
  • Move to the shade if possible.
  • Loosen tight clothing/if able to drink – give sips of sports drink or water.
  • Sponge with cool water and fan.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of responses to heat emergencies. This is a guide to help you take immediate action until trained help arrives. Always call ext. 6911 or 968-6911 when on campus for immediate attention 24/7.

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