Medical professional advises how to stay safe under summer sun

By: Ashley Park Email
By: Ashley Park Email

ADA, OK -- With temperatures expected to reach triple digits, it's important to stay safe under the sun.

"Start drinking before you get thirsty," said Physician Assistant, Nathan Murray. "If you're outside or you know you have to be outside take regular breaks to make sure and take fluids."

Murray says heat exhaustion is a common heat-related illness when temperatures begin to rise. He says excessive thirst is a common symptom, but there are also other signs to watch for.

"Headache normally is next, dizziness...those are early signs of heat exhaustion. Profuse sweating, and as things progress, confusion," said Murray.

At ECU, while most students are on vacation, many employees are still working on campus, and some outside.

Facilities Director, Darryl Overstreet, says the university does it's best to make sure all employees are fully aware of what the heat can do to the body .

"The first thing that we do is, and the most important thing we do is educate our staff as far as the awareness of the heat, and then we follow up by preparing them with the information that they need outside," said Overstreet.

Groundskeeper, Ray Smith, spends most of his work day outside, and says he makes sure to take frequent breaks to go inside and cool off. He says he also keeps an eye out for his coworkers as well.

"When I'm driving around, I make sure to look at all the people that work for us, and make sure they're at least sweating because as soon as you stop sweating it's the time you need to go inside, but I also make sure that everybody's drinking," said Smith.

Murray says sweating is the body's way of cooling off. He says it's also important to listen to your body.

"Let your body be a guide. If you're starting to feel symptoms, something's coming down. You have to set back and give your body a chance to recuperate," said Murray.

Murray says if the heat symptoms continue to progress after you've cooled off, to seek medical help.

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