With Summer temperatures well underway, we thought it’d be a great time to share some tips on staying safe while working outside on these very hot (and often humid) days.
- Stay hydrated – be sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you don’t like plain water, be sure you bring something that will keep you hydrated such as flavored water or Gatorade. If you have trouble remembering to drink water when you’re busy on-site, set a reminder on your phone to ping you once an hour.
- Wear the proper attire – this includes sunscreen and light-colored, breathable clothing.
- Keep a spray bottle around – Misting water on your face or arms can help lower your body’s temperature after being outside.
- Take frequent breaks – this is critical in preventing exhaustion from the heat and sun. Find a shady (and cool, if possible) spot to take a few minutes’ break to help keep your body from overheating.
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and check in with your coworkers. If you see anyone who looks like they may be experiencing these symptoms, be prepared to act.
What to do if someone has Heat Exhaustion? Get them to a cool, air-conditioned area if possible, and have them drink water and use a cool compress to lower their temperature.
What to do if someone has Heat Stroke? Call 911 immediately, and while you wait use a cool compress to reduce their temperature as much as you can.