For Immediate Release
August 10, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Urges Students and Coaches to Play it Safe in the Heat

With school starting back, students and coaches will once again hit the field for outdoor practice

Topeka— As the state continues to experience record-high temperatures, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) wants to encourage state school administrators, activity directors and coaches to be extremely cautious and monitor the health of their students.

KDHE recently contacted the Kansas State High School Activities Association to stress the importance of staying safe during hot weather, not just during excessive heat warnings.

“No one wants harm to come to our children, but sometimes we may overlook the warning signs,” said Tom Langer, Director of Bureau of Environmental Health. “We are especially concerned that even as the temperatures decline out of triple-digit readings that the combination of temperature, relative humidity and exposure to the sun’s rays can negatively affect everyone’s health, especially student athletes and anyone participating in outdoor activities.”

Heat is the number one weather‐related killer in the United States and heat illness is the leading cause of preventable death in high school athletics. Other states have already seen student athletes die due to heat exhaustion. Before sending your child or player outside, keep these safety tips in mind:

More tips on heat safety for students, as well KDHE’s letter sent to the Kansas State High School Activities Association, are attached.