Stay Cool | Avoid Dehydration and Heat Stroke

Summer is in full-swing, and that means high outdoor temperatures are more commonplace.

Many communities near Pacific University recently experienced excessive heat warnings. Often, the weather warnings can lead us to associate heat-related health dangers with extreme weather conditions. Though caution is necessary in extreme conditions, dehydration and heat stroke can also occur in a number of different indoor and outdoor circumstances that appear safe. Please familiarize yourself with the symptoms, and take steps to care for yourself and those around you.

Dehydration and Heat Stroke Prevention Tips

  • Drink a lot of water. Be proactive. Drink water before you are thirsty.
  • Be aware that you may hydrate less while wearing a mask. Keep water accessible and hydrate when you are able to socially distance and remove your mask safely.
  • Take extra rest breaks in shady or cool areas.
  • Adjust your work schedule. Do work in warmer areas in the morning when it is cooler.
  • Use fans or other ventilation methods.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing.
  • If you suspect that you or someone else is suffering from dehydration or heat stroke, get help immediately.

Symptoms of Dehydration


  • Thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Rapid Heartbeat


  • Extreme Thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Cold, Clammy Skin
  • Altered Mental State

Conditions and Activities That Elevate Water Needs

  • Physical Exertion
  • Heat
  • Consumption of Caffeine, Alcohol or Energy Drinks
  • Wearing Protective Equipment or Clothing
  • Poor Physical Condition
  • Health Problems
  • Pregnancy
  • Dry Climate
  • Increased Salt Intake
  • Some over-the-counter and prescription medications may also lead to dehydration.

Additional Resources

John Hopkins Medicine

Mayo Clinic

Harvard Medical School

A Message Brought to You by the Pacific University Health and Safety Committee

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020