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Extreme Heat

There is hot, and then there is HOT! Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. Extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.

Prepare for Extreme Heat

  1. Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness.
  2. Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature or prevent heat-related illnesses.
  3. Identify places on campus where you can go to get cool.
  4. Cover windows with drapes or shades.
  5. Weather-strip doors and windows.
  6. Use window reflectors specifically designed to reflect heat back outside.
  7. Avoid unnecessary outdoors activity during this time.
  8. Increase water supply and intake if you plan on being outside.

Be Safe During

  1. If air conditioning is not available in your dorm room, go to a cooling location on campus and contact TU Housing.
  2. Take cool showers or baths.
  3. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  4. Use your oven less to help reduce the temperature in your dorm room.
  5. If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  6. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  7. Avoid high-energy activities or work outdoors, during midday heat, if possible.
  8. Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

If using a mask, use one that is made of breathable fabric, such as cotton, instead of polyester. Don’t wear a mask if you feel yourself overheating or have trouble breathing.

Heat-Related Illnesses

Know the signs of heat-related illnesses and ways to respond. If you are sick and need medical attention, contact your healthcare provider for advice and shelter in place if you can. If you are experiencing a medical emergency call 9-1-1.

Get more detailed information about heat-related illnesses from the CDC and National Weather Service.

Heat Stroke


  • Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F) taken orally
  • Red, hot and dry skin with no sweat
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Dizziness, confusion or unconsciousness

If you suspect heat stroke, call 9-1-1 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.

If you have signs of heat cramps or heat exhaustion, go to a cooler location to cool down. if symptoms get worse, call 911.

If you are unsure of a heat related issue call:

 Campus Safety and Security immediately at 918-631-5555