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Sizzling Tips for Summer Heat Safety

Intense summer heat can be dangerous and even deadly. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that 7,233 heat-related deaths occurred in the United States from 1999 to 2009. However heat related health issues are easily preventable with the right tools and knowhow. Here are three recommended ways to stay safe during the sizzling summer months.

  1. Stay cool. There are many ways to stay cool during summer. When your outside on the job cooling off can be a challenge. hatFind shade whenever possible. Wear weather appropriate clothing such as a sleeveless breathable mesh vest. Another great way to stay cool is with a light colored hat to reflect sun and protect your eyes and face.
  2.  Stay hydrated. If you’re thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Especially during the hot summer months it’s increasingly important to carry water with you at all times. If you’re not a fan of water, bring fruit to work such as watermelon or apples to keep hydrated. Avoid sugary fruit drinks or soda; they will make you thirsty. 
  3. Stay informed. Knowing your environment is an important factor in protecting your health. Summer sun can easily sneak up on you, especially if you’re busy working in the elements. Check your local news for extreme heat or safety alerts. Learn the symptoms of heat illness such as heavy sweating, weakness and nausea. If you or a fellow co-worker are experiencing any of these symptoms seek a cooler location immediately, sip water, and seek medical attention if necessary.

If you’re interested in learning more about heat related health issues check out the Center for Disease Control’s extreme heat prevention guide.

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