Working outside, you know that the weather can have an impact on your day. Hot weather, especially when combined with strenuous physical labor, can cause your body temperature to rise to unsafe levels. Normally, your body cools itself through sweating, but in hot and humid weather, sweating is not enough and the result can be a dangerous heat illness.
Follow the suggestions below to stay cool when working in hot weather:
There are three forms of heat illness, each with the following distinct symptoms:
It is essential to treat heat illness as soon as possible. If you are feeling any of the above symptoms, inform a co-worker and ask for help. If you suspect that a fellow worker has any of these conditions, follow the first-aid suggestions below:
The risk of heat illness increases with age, poor diet, being overweight, insufficient liquid intake, poor physical condition and/or when taking medication. Never take salt tablets without your doctor’s approval.
Be aware of expected weather conditions each day so that you can be prepared with appropriate clothing and beverages. If you are on a job and start to feel any adverse symptoms due to heat, inform your supervisor and take a break.
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