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Heat Illness and Air Quality Safety
Heat Illness Prevention
People have died or suffered serious health problems from these conditions. Heat illness can be prevented.
Know the symptoms of heat illness
Watch for symptoms in yourself and others. If you feel any symptoms, tell someone immediately because you may need medical help.
- Heavy sweating
- High pulse rate
- High body temperature
- Red, hot, dry skin
- GET MEDICAL HELP
Stay alert to the weather
During a heat wave you are at greater risk of getting sick. You need to watch yourself and coworkers more closely, and may need to drink more water, take more breaks, and use other measures.
Drink enough cool, fresh water Drink at least one 8-ounce cup (3 cones) every 15 minutes. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water.
- Do not drink alcohol.
- Avoid coffee.
- Choose water over soft drinks.
- Take rest breaks in the shade to cool down.
- Wear proper clothing Loose fitting, light-weight and light-colored cotton clothes, a wide-brimmed hat or cap, and a bandana.
- Talk to your doctor if you have illnesses like diabetes, are taking medicines or are on a low salt diet.
- Enough cool, fresh drinking water throughout the day.
- Access to shade or an equally cool spot for at least 5 minutes at a time.
Feels Like Temperature
If the "Feels Like" temperature is above 95, take heat stress precautions.
When AQI is above 150, N-95 masks are available to employees and students at the following campus locations:
- University Union, information desk
- Police Department
- Welcome Center
- Library, checkout counter
- RMS main office, RFC 220
- Folsom Hall, CSS front desk
- Downtown, CSS front desk
Heat Index Mobile App
The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a useful resource for planning outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day. Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH.
Download the application from the links below.
Real Time Air Quality
Location: Amador Hall
Location: Benicia Hall
Location: Sacramento Hall
Location: Tschannen Science Complex