Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

Sun and Thermometer

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:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • 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

First Day of Summer!

Happy First Day of Summer!

SummerMake 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.

Summer/Fall 2012 Intersession Hours

The MEC Library will be open for the following hours during the intersession period:

Summer/Fall 2012 Intersession
(August 9, 2012- August 22, 2012)

August 9 8:00am – 9:00pm
August 10 8:00am – 5:00pm
August 13 – August 17 8:30am – 5:00pm
August 18 10:00am – 2:00pm
August 20 8:30am – 5:00pm
August 21 8:30am – 5:00pm
August 22 8:00am – 7:00pm