Safety Tip of the Week – Heat is Coming

Summer is coming soon and the temperatures are beginning to rise. So too does the risk of heat illness. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet every year many people will succumb to the effects of heat. Heat-related illness is also an underlying cause of a high percentage of non-fatal incidents.

Preventive Measures:

As the heat index begins to climb to dangerous levels, precautions must be taken to avoid the possibility of a heat-related illness. Staying indoors in air-conditioned areas should be considered whenever possible.


Practice the following work habits should you be required to go outside for longer periods of time when temperatures are rising:

  • Take time to acclimate, to the heat. Gradually spend more time in the heat.
  • Always drink more fluids to stay hydrated (before, during, and after exposure to heat).
  • Don’t Wait! Hydrate your body before you become thirsty. Drink 3 to 4 cups of water every hour starting at the beginning of the shift.
  • Avoid liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine, or large amounts of sugar – they cause your body to lose more fluid.
  • Avoid eating hot and heavy meals. Eat light meals.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Protect your body from the sun. Wear wide-brimmed hats. Apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Take frequent rest breaks in a cool, shaded area.
  • Avoid overexerting your body. Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Become familiar with the early warning signs and symptoms of the various heat-related illnesses.
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