Carriers help each other stay safe in the summer sun

Mesa City Carrier Robin Henderson, Customer Services Manager Alice Gonzalez, and City Carrier Nikki Synodis.

Mesa City Carrier Robin Henderson, Customer Services Manager Alice Gonzalez, and City Carrier Nikki Synodis.

Mesa City Carrier Robin Henderson was on her route in the hot Arizona sun when she decided to check on a new City Carrier Assistant to see how he was faring in the heat. She found the gentleman with two hours left on his route and no water to help stay hydrated.

Henderson knew the importance of drinking water regularly to avoid dehydration and heat-related illnesses. She conveyed her concern to the CCA and stressed the importance of drinking plenty of water during the hot summer months. She also gave him the rest of the water she had left with her. Later on, she located and washed uniforms he could use to help protect him from the sun and presented them to him the following day.

When Mesa Postmaster Yolanda Stenson found out about the CCA’s hydration deficiency, she discussed the matter with him to reinforce the importance of drinking enough water throughout the day. That’s when the CCA told her about the tough decision he had to make between buying a larger water container and heat-friendly clothing or purchasing enough food to feed his family. Stenson told him that she’d see what could be done about helping him with his situation and gave him the water she had before he went on his route.

Before Stenson could leave the office to buy supplies for the CCA, she discovered that Customer Services Manager Alice Gonzalez had already purchased a large water container, a cooler, a case of Gatorade, and heat-friendly clothing for the CCA using personal funds. City Carrier and Safety Captain Nikki Synodis also regularly checked on the CCA to make sure he was staying hydrated.

“I’m proud of my team,” said Stenson. “We truly have a culture of safety and do everything we can to help keep each other safe.”

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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.

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.

Recognizing Heat Stroke

Heat stroke

Learning how to recognize the signs of heat-related stress could help save your life or someone you know. Here are some tips on identifying heat stroke and what to do about it.

Symptoms:

– High body temperature

– Confusion

– Loss of coordination

– Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating

– Throbbing headache

– Seizures, coma

First Aid:

– Request immediate medical assistance.

– Move the worker to a cool, shaded area.

– Remove excess clothing and apply cool
water to their body.

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