Tips available to keep UH community cool during the heat
By Ginger Walker
Temperatures are rising here in Houston, so be sure and take all the precautions to beat the heat. The Office of Emergency Management at the University of Houston provides the following tips during these hot months:
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and especially while in the heat.
- Start early. If you have activities outside, start early while it’s still slightly cool and limit activities in the heat of the day.
- Dress appropriately. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing during the summer months.
- Stay cool. If possible, spend as much time as possible indoors where it is cool and comfortable.
- Keep a watchful eye. Keep an eye out for heat stroke symptoms while in the heat. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, headache, dizziness, flushed skin, vomiting, lack of sweat, seizures and loss of consciousness. Seek medical attention if any of these symptoms are present.
- Check on friends and relatives who maybe more susceptible to heat exhaustion, such as the infirm, the very young and the very old.
For more information on heat-related safety tips, visit the websites of the America Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready campaign.
In the event of an emergency, visit the UH Emergency Operations Website for up-to-date emergency information.