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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014

Overcast, 73 °F

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University community advised to stay safe during heat wave


UPDATE 7/18/13

A heat advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect this afternoon for much of the region as temperatures will reach the 90s for the second day. The University community is asked to continue exercising caution for their personal health and safety.


The Ohio University community is advised to be mindful of a heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service beginning Wednesday afternoon as temperatures are expected to reach the lower 90s with heat indices around 100. 

In light of this advisory, as well as the warmer than normal temperatures in buildings across the Athens Campus during repairs to the West Green Chilled Water Plant, University Human Resources is recommending individuals exercise caution in their activities. These conditions make it possible for some people to suffer from heat-related illnesses.

Here are some weather tips to help you remain safe and healthy during this heat wave:

- Stay updated on current weather conditions and advisories from the National Weather Service
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Stay indoors, in air conditioning if possible, or out of the sun in a shaded area if outside
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Take frequent rest breaks
- Check in on people who might be susceptible to heat-related illnesses (those who are elderly, pregnant, ill, etc.)

If you suspect someone might be suffering from a heat-related illness, move the person to an indoor, air-conditioned location and call 911.

Updated information about the West Green Chilled Water Plant repairs will be posted on the Ohio University Alert page.