Safety tip: Keep hydrated as heat increases (June 17, 2020 Hotline)

Safety tip: Keep hydrated as heat increases

New Mexico State University would like to remind you, with temperatures beginning to climb, it’s extremely important to stay hydrated. You should drink at least, 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

Remember, 75 percent of the body’s weight is water. We lose water in many ways during the day, such as when we breathe, as humidified air leaves the body or sweat to cool the body. On a normal day, we have to drink a significant amount of water to replace this routine loss.

For those of us who work outside, in different temperatures or in a job that causes us to sweat a lot, it is particularly important to stay hydrated. Be on the lookout for symptoms of dehydration: thirst, dry mouth, dark urine, muscle cramps, heart palpitations and feeling light-headed, which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. If you are feeling any of those symptoms, please notify your supervisor or someone close to you and call 911.

Consider these tips:

  • Carry a water bottle with you in your backpack; you can refill it in almost any of the facilities on campus.
  • If you are sweating a lot. drink more water than you usually do to help replenish your water.
  • If you don’t have a bottle handy, there are several vending machines on campus with bottled water.

 


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