Stay cool this summer

Stay cool this summer

Summer is a time when high temperatures, humidity and direct sun can increase the risk of heat-related illnesses. 

Knowing the signs and symptoms associated with these illnesses and practicing preventive measures can help employees reduce the risk of heat-related health problems.

Signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses include chills, clammy skin, cramps, dizziness, elevated body temperature, extreme weakness, fatigue, headaches, excessive thirst, heavy sweating or hot, dry skin, pale complexion, slurred speech, fainting, nausea or vomiting.

Keep cool and healthy during high temperatures by following these rules:

  • Shade: Limit the time you are exposed to sun and heat. Find a shaded area to take  authorized work breaks.
  • Rest: Use authorized breaks to relax from high heat conditions.
  • Water: Drink plenty of water throughout your work shift. Employees should drink a cup of water every 20 minutes to stay hydrated.
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