Utah has been feeling the full force of summer in the last week, with temperatures hovering in the high ’90s and threatening to tip over into the 100s. The National Weather Service has actually reported high temperatures surpassing the 100 degree mark. With all this heat, spending time outside doing favorite recreation activities can get dangerous. Here are some facts to help Utahns stay safe during this high heat.
There’s an app for that
The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool app calculates the Heat Index based on your current location, gets a risk level, and provides recommendations to prevent heat illness.
For Utah families, the app can show the hourly heat index view to plan outdoor activity based on your location.
For businesses, the App allows users to calculate the heat index for their location or worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect people from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations.
Know the signs and symptoms
If you’re participating in outdoor activities, its best to know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
- Very high body temperature
- Red, hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
- Confusion, slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness
- Heavy sweating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Decreased urine output
- Cool, moist skin