Monday, October 2, 2023

Summer Safety: Protect Against Heat

Summer Safety: Protect Against Heat

With the summer in full swing it is good to remember a few tips for employees and construction owners. Heat related illness can be deadly so it is important to remember how to protect against these conditions.

  • Go easier for the first week in the heat.
  • Wear light clothing, and include a shirt that serves as a shield from the sun’s rays.
  • Drink water every 15 minutes. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty.
  • Plan the day to tackle tougher jobs during the cooler morning hours.
  • Rest in shaded areas or air conditioning, if possible.
  • Finally, watch for signs of heat illness — especially heat stroke! Symptoms of heat stroke include dry, hot skin with no sweating, mental confusion, loss of consciousness, seizures and convulsions. Heat stroke is a medical emergency requiring a 911 call and immediate cooling.

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