If you haven’t noticed, it is hot this week. We here at the MEC Library want you all to stay safe while enjoying the summer sun. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety sent out these great tips on summer sun and heat safety. Check them out below and take steps to beat the heat.
From the Office of Environmental Health and Safety
As the temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 90s for the remainder of this week, we would like to remind everyone about the importance of staying safe in the heat when outdoors for any length of time. Below you will find some important information on how you can prevent heat-related illnesses as well as how to recognize their symptoms.
Heat Stress occurs when the body is unable to cool itself by sweating. Several heat-induced illnesses, such as heat stress or heat exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke, can occur and can result in death.
Factors leading to heat stress may include:
- High temperature and humidity
- Direct sun or heat
- Limited air movement
- Physical exertion
- Poor physical condition
- Some medications
- Inadequate tolerance for hot workplaces
Ways to prevent heat stress include:
- Know the signs/symptoms of heat-related illnesses
- Monitor yourself and co-workers
- Block out direct sun or other heat sources
- Use cooling fans/air-conditioning
- Rest regularly
- Drink lots of water; about 1 cup every 15 minutes
- Wear lightweight, light colored, and loose-fitting clothes
- Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Weakness and moist skin
- Mood changes such as irritability or confusion
- Upset stomach or vomiting
Symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Dry, hot skin with no sweating
- Mental confusion or losing consciousness
- Seizures or convulsions
What to do for heat-related illness:
- Call 911 (or local emergency number) at once
- While waiting for help to arrive:
- Move to a cool, shaded area
- Loosen or remove heavy clothing
- Provide cool drinking water
- Fan and mist the person with water
Happy First Day of Summer!
Make sure you take a break from your studies and enjoy the sunshine. Don’t forget to protect yourself when doing activities outside. Here are some tips from the American Heart Association on how to stay healthy while staying active in the summer months.
- Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such as melon, oranges, berries or even cucumber or mint to a pitcher of water and refrigerate for two hours.
- Protect your family from the sun: wear wide-brimmed hats, always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
- Heat safety: avoid intense activities between noon and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.
- Dress for the heat: wear lightweight, light colored clothing, choose light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Head indoors: when the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities at your local YMCA or rec center like basketball, swimming, yoga or racquetball.
When you think of April you might think of April Fool’s jokes and the chance of spring showers, but don’t forget that there is more to April than just a good laugh and a rain puddle. Check out a few of the causes that recognize April as their awareness month.
National Autism Awareness Month
National Parkinson’s Awareness Month
National Cancer Control Month
National Occupational Therapy Month
STD Awareness Month
Good news for your health, MEC students. The 2012-2013 vaccines for seasonal influenza are ready. This means that it’s time to get a flu shot!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months of age should get a yearly vaccine. Since it can take a few weeks after vaccination for your body to develop the antibodies that protect you from the flu, it’s a good idea to get your shot early- before flu season gets into full swing. Visit the CDC’s Seasonal Influenza page for information about the flu, prevention, treatment, healthcare professional information and more!
Flu.gov from the Department of Health and Human Services is a great place to get started for seasonal influenza information. Check here for information about who is at risk, caring for those with the flu, prevention precautions and a flu vaccine finder.
Healthcare personnel are especially encouraged to get annual flu vaccinations (that includes you, students!)
Check out the CDC’s Influenza Vaccination Coverage for Health-Care Personnel, the American College of Physicians Policy on Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendation for Influenza Immunization of Health Care Personnel Policy Statement.
Don’t forget – the MEC librarians are always here to help you find more information about seasonal influenza and vaccination!