Four Tips for Working Safely in the Heat of Summer

Summer brings the perfect storm of heat, humidity, and the hot sun. It’s prime time for dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, so it’s important to make sure workers know the first signs of heat-related problems. 

Early Warning Signs

  • Excessive thirst 
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness

More serious symptoms—such as rapid heart rate, no longer sweating, confusion, and difficulty walking—can happen if dehydration goes undetected or is ignored.

How to Stay Hydrated and Healthy

  1. Keep plenty of water (and other beverages that contain mostly water) on the job site, drinking them gradually throughout the day.

  2. Pack fluid-rich foods (such as fruits, vegetables, salad, applesauce, etc.) for snacks and lunch.

  3. While the amount of water individuals need varies from person to person, the general rule is eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Sweating increases the body’s need for fluids, so you may have to drink more in the summer.

  4. Pay attention to the warning signs mentioned above.

A safe summer is a successful summer! Be sure you and your workers make your well-being a priority.

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