Hot Times in the Summer
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing.
- Gradually build up to heavy work.
- Schedule heavy work during the coolest parts of day.
- Take more breaks in a shaded or a cool area if possible.
- Drink enough water that you never become thirsty.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol, and lots of sugar.
- Be aware that protective clothing or PPE may increase the risk of heat stress.
- Very important--monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers.
People who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat-related illness such as, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes as the outside temperatures and humidity rise. Keep in mind the following:
- One of the common early signs of heat-related illness is confusion or dizziness.
- Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.
- Call 911, get medical attention!