Keep Cool This Summer

Keep Cool This Summer

It’s time to start preparing for high temperatures this summer, especially if your job requires you to work outside. Heat-related illness is unfortunately common—but it is preventable.

Before heading outside, check your local news for extreme heat alerts. When working in the heat, keep an eye on the condition of your co-workers and have them do the same for you.

Here are some tips for preventing heat-related illness:

  • Limit outdoor activity when the sun is hottest
  • When outside, take breaks often and drink more water than usual
  • Apply sunblock with SPF 30+ frequently
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Evaluate prescription medications before heading outside
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, or soda

Be sure you know the signs of heat-related illnesses:

  • Heat fatigue
  • Heat rashes
  • Heat cramps
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat collapse
  • Heat stroke
  • Sunburn

To learn more about the symptoms and treatments for heat-related illness, check out the following resources:

Remember, heat-related illnesses are preventable. So stay cool, hydrated, and informed this summer!

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