As we begin the new summer construction season, one aspect is the return of summer heat and sun related illness. The sun affects our mood, increases our vitamin D. intake but it also add to safety concerns for workers and owners alike. 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, while we have already had summer like temperatures in Alberta this year we are going to once again be headed up the thermostat soon. Wear light clothing, and include a shirt that serves as a shield from the sun’s rays, lighter clothing reflects heat while still protecting against burns and other issues.
Drink water every 15 minutes. Keeping hydrated is an important part of how to beat the heat and allows our bodies to cool. 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 which gives your body the opportunity to cool and have a respite from the heat.
It is critical to 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.