Environmental Health and Safety

Hours: 
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday thru Friday

Phone: 530-898-5126

After Hours Contact:
UPD 898-5555

Department Zip: 0019

Summer Hours:
Monday-Thursday
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed Friday

Heat Illness Awareness and Information

With the outdoor temperatures rapidly climbing, it is important to learn about and take appropriate steps to prevent heat related illness.  Although heat illness is a serious medical condition, it is easy to prevent.

Follow these simple steps to avoid heat illness:

  • Drink plenty of cold water or beverages containing electrolytes throughout the day.
  • Drink water, even if you are not thirsty.  If you delay, dehydration may occur.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages (coffee and energy drinks) and alcohol.
  • Take frequent cooling breaks in the shade or inside air conditioned buildings.
  • Know your limitations -- supplements and prescription medicines may affect your ability to tolerate heat.  Overall health, physical condition, and age contribute to susceptibility.

Be aware of the signs of heat illness.  A person may exhibit some or all of these symptoms:

  • Cramps or muscle spasms.
  • Headache, nausea and/or vomiting.
  • Confusion, agitation, or abnormal behavior.
  • Red, dry skin, and an absence of perspiration.
  • High body temperature (102 or higher).
  • Loss of consciousness or seizures.

If heat illness is suspected, take action immediately by calling 911 and follow these guidelines until help arrives.

  • Move the person to shade or into an air conditioned building.
  • Remove hats, loosen and remove extra clothing including shoes.
  • If the person is conscious, provide cool water or electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade.
  • Apply cool packs or wet cloths to the head, neck, abdomen, and groin area or pour cool water on them.
  • Fan the person, if possible, to help cooling.

Please visit the EHS website for additional information on Heat Illness 

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