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OTC Safety and Security Chief
Passes Along Tips for Summer Safety

With summer temperatures already beginning to soar, Ogeechee Technical College Director of Campus Safety and Security, Jeff Smith, shared some tips for staying safe in warmer temperatures.

1. Schedule outdoor activities strategically. If you must be outdoors, try to limit activity to early morning or early evening hours. Take breaks regularly in shady areas or indoors so that your body’s thermostat will have a chance to recover.

2. Avoid direct sunlight. If you can, stay out of the sun. But always use sunscreen to reduce the heat absorbed and the moisture lost from the body. Additionally, wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat that covers a much of the head as

Jeff Smith OTC Safety & Security Chief

possible. If you work in the sun, be sure to take frequent breaks and don’t push yourself to hard. Your health should not take a back seat to finishing the job.

3. Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the needed salt and minerals you lose in sweat. It’s important to keep drinking water.

4. Swimming is not “hydrating.” Don’t make the mistake of thinking swimming will hydrate you. Being in a pool all day is not the same thing as consuming lots of fluid. When you swim, you are exercising and, therefore, losing water and other nutrients. If heading to the pool, you’d be wise to take along plenty of bottled H20.

5. Avoid certain hot foods. Do not eat a heavy or hot meal before going outside in hot weather. This will heat your body faster, making you more vulnerable. Also avoid extremely cold drinks, which can cause stomach cramps.

6. Stay inside: If you don’t have to go outside, stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment. If your home has no air conditioning, find a public place that does. A few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you return to the heat. Taking cool showers or baths is also a good way to keep your body temperature cool if you don’t have air conditioning.

 “As heat indices reach levels of 107 degrees or higher, we must be more cautious when participating in outdoor activities.  Following these simple suggestions can help you avoid serious health problems, such as Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke, Heart Attack, Severe Sun Burn & Poisoning, and Dehydration.  Have Fun but Play Smart!” stated Smith.

Contact: Barry Turner
Executive Director for Public Relations
Phone: (912) 688-6958
Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

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