Valley school districts modify outdoor activities for extreme heat
During periods of high heat, the Palm Springs School District has a plan for all staff and students when creating outdoor physical activities. Activities such as recess, physical education classes, field trips, outdoor fine arts, and athletic practices and competitions are all considered when creating instructions when heat warnings are placed. implemented.
“Drinking water will be easily accessible during periods of outdoor activities,” PSUSD officials explain.
When Heat Index reaches CATEGORY II – High Heat or above: (see Heat Index)
- The district office will communicate activity limitations to the principal
- Each school should determine a heat advisory communication protocol for the site.
- Coaches, employees and other activity personnel should inform the venue of that day’s activities for instructions. • Students participating in athletics are managed according to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) guidelines on preventing heat-related illnesses.
PSUSD Tips for preventing heat-related illnesses
Certain health conditions can make it harder for the body to stay cool in hot weather. These include old age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, and drug and alcohol use. To protect your health in very high temperatures:
To drink a lot
Sweating removes salt and necessary minerals from the body. When it’s hot, drink more water, juice, and sports drinks. Avoid drinks containing caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) and alcohol. Be sure to eat regularly.
Stay cool indoors
The best way to beat the heat is to stay in an air-conditioned place. If you don’t have an air conditioner, go to a mall or public building for a few hours. A cool shower or bath is also a good way to cool off.
Wear light clothing and sunscreen
Wear as few clothes as possible when you are at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the scorching sun, a wide-brimmed hat will keep your head cool. If you will be in direct sunlight, use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and follow the package directions. Renew the application every 2 hours in the sun.
Program Outside ActivitiesWarning
Try to be less active during the hottest part of the day, late afternoon. If you must go out in the heat, plan your activities to be outside before noon or in the evening. Outside, rest often in a shady place. Never leave children or pets in a parked car.
If you’re not used to working or exercising in hot weather, start slow and gradually increase the pace. Take frequent and regular breaks. If activity in the heat makes your heart race or leaves you out of breath, stop the activity, go to a cool or shady place and rest. Especially if you become dizzy, confused, faint or feel weak.
Use a buddy system
During a heat wave, watch your friends and family and have someone do the same for you. If you know someone who is elderly or has a medical condition, check in twice a day.
Cooling techniques to prevent heatstroke
Cool immediately by any means possible. Including an ice bath in a “cool pool” (keep your head above water). Ice on as many bodies as possible. A cool shower, cool wet towels and a spray of water.
Tips for treating heat-related illnesses
Heat stroke occurs when the body can no longer control its temperature. Body temperature rises rapidly. The body cannot sweat and is unable to cool itself. Warning signs include red, hot and dry skin, very high body temperature, dizziness, nausea, confusion, strange behavior or loss of consciousness, rapid pulse or throbbing headache. Heatstroke can lead to death or disability if untreated. What to do:•
Get medical help quickly.
Move the victim to a shaded area.
Cool the person down with a cool shower, garden hose, etc.
Do not give the victim anything to drink.
If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital for further instructions.
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Heat exhaustion is a milder condition that occurs when the body has lost too much water and salt in sweat. Warning signs include heavy sweating, cramps, headache, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and fainting. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can develop into heat stroke. Get medical help if symptoms are severe or victim has heart problems or high blood pressure. Help the victim to calm down:
• Cold non-alcoholic drinks
• Rest, lying down
• Cold shower, bath or sponge bath • Air conditioning
• Light clothes
Heat cramps are muscle aches and spasms caused by intense activity. They usually involve the stomach muscles or the legs. If you have heart problems or are on a low sodium diet, see a doctor for heat cramps. What to do:
• Stop. Sit quietly in a cool place.
• Drink clear juice or a sports drink.
• Rest for a few hours to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. • Get medical help if heat cramps don’t stop after one hour.
A sunburn occurs when the skin becomes red, painful and abnormally hot after being exposed to the sun. What to do:
- See a doctor if sunburn affects an infant under one year old or if there is fever, blisters, or severe pain. Don’t break the blisters.
- Stay out of the sun.
- Bathe the sunburned area with cool water.
- Use moisturizing lotion on sunburn; do not use ointment, butter or ointment. •