Summer brings on warmer temperatures and humidity that can contribute to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Keep cool and stay safe with these tips:
Not only does drinking water keep you cool, it also keeps you hydrated! Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol, which can further dehydrate you.
Take advantage of cooler morning temperatures, but doing the physically taxing jobs prior to the midday heat.
Keep a Cool Head
Protect your head from the sun, by wearing a hat or other head protection such as a bandana.
Protect Your Skin
Choose to wear loose-fitting light-coloured clothes to reflect the sunlight. Wearing long sleeved shirts and pants shades your skin and reduces your surface temperature.
Avoid Sun Exposure
When possible, work in the shade out of the direct sunlight. If it’s not possible, take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioner building/vehicle.
Give Yourself Time to Acclimatize
Take the time to not overwhelm your body: gradually increase your work load and heat exposure.
Know the Symptoms
Know the symptoms associated with heat exhaustion and heat stroke, including intense headaches, dizziness, skin that is hot to the touch, and chills.