Summer heat preparedness

Summer heat preparedness

The summer months are a popular time to enjoy outdoor recreation, barbeques, sporting events, and more. What some may not be aware of, however, are the risks associated with spending any length of time in the heat.

Whether for work or play, individuals are at risk of developing such illnesses as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash, etc. As the summer heat begins to rise, the potential for these heat-related illnesses also increases. Make sure you’re prepared ahead of time and know the warning signs and preventative measures:

Signs of heat stress:

  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Fast and shallow breathing
  • Headache
  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale or flushed complexion
  • Rash
  • Weakness or fatigue

Preventative measures:

  • Clothing – dress appropriately for the weather. Make sure to wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing to keep body temperatures down.
  • Rest – utilize authorized breaks to relax from high heat conditions.
  • Shade – limit time exposed to the sun and heat by finding a shaded area to take authorized work breaks.
  • Water – drink water frequently.  Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout your day and work shift. Make sure to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
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