As temperatures rise, Thomas Nelson safety officials urge the campus community to be on watch for the three Ds associated with heat illness -- dizziness, dehydration and disorientation. Prolonged exposure to the weather-related heat can cause these symptoms.
Medical experts report other symptoms may also occur, including dry, hot skin with no sweating; seizures or convulsions; upset stomach or vomiting and weakness. Heat illness involves the body's inability to cool down its core temperature by sweating, leading to serious conditions such as heat stress, heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a more severe condition that can cause permanent disabilities or death, according to experts.
Several Thomas Nelson staff members spend time outside as part of their duties. If you recognize someone is suffering from heat stress, taking the following steps may prevent tragedy:
- Call 911 or 3511 (on campus) immediately.
- Move the individual to a cool shaded or air-conditioned area.
- Administer First Aid, if knowledgeable of procedures.
- Apply cool, moist cloth to the front of the individual's neck.
- Provide cool drinking water. However, never give water to someone who is unconscious.
- Stay hydrated and take appropriate work and rest cycles.