Extreme Heat Bulletin

Dangerously high temperatures are in the forecast and several precautions can be taken to reduce the impact of the weather.

Personal protection

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the sun
    • Stay on the lowest floors, out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available
    • Dress in loose fitting, lightweight, light colored clothing that covers as much of the skin as possible
    • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance
      • Infants (0-4), elderly (>65), overweight, ill, taking certain medications, work/exercise outdoors
      • Know the symptoms of heat-related health issues such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe.  http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide-page-3.asp
      • Bring your pets indoors or ensure they have a cool sheltered area with plenty of water

At Work

  • Report facility issues to your building manager or the Work Coordination Center 737-2969
  • Open windows in the morning to allow cool air into the building.  Close shades in rooms that have direct sunlight to avoid heating the room.   Note:  DO NOT prop open fire doors.
  • Conduct frequent rest/hydration periods when working outside

At Home

  • Eat regular, light, well-balanced meals and limit your intake of alcoholic beverages
  • Do not take salt tables unless specified by a physician
  • Limit your outdoor activities to the morning and evening hours, when it is cooler
  • Use sunscreen, sunglasses, and wear a wide brimmed hat to provide shade
  • Cut down on outdoor exercise.  If you must exercise, replenish fluids every hour (16-32 oz cool fluid)
  • Take a cool bath or shower before you go to bed to cool down

In your Car

  • Never leave children, elderly, or pets in closed vehicles
  • Have your vehicle inspected/serviced to ensure all cooling systems are working properly
  • Before you travel, tell people where you are going and when to expect your arrival
  • Check ODOT Tripcheck before you travel (tripcheck.com)

References

http://www.ready.gov/natural-disasters

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/

http://www.weather.com/life/safety/

http://www.disastersrus.org/emtools/hazard_specific_pages.htm

OSU Safety Instruction: Heat Stress

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