Safety Tip of the Week – Hot and Hazardous

 Hot and Hazardous: Heat Illness Can be Deadly



A rise in body temperature of as little as 2 degrees can negatively impact brain function, making heat an underlying cause of job accidents. As workers overheat, their diminished brain function can cause them to overlook hazards and make mistakes. A 5 degrees rise in body temperature can be fatal.

Signs of Trouble

The hotter it gets, the more stress on the body. The first signs of trouble include symptoms like:

  • Fatigue

  • Thirst

  • Discomfort

  • Lightheadedness

Help prevent the ill effects of heat stress by:

  • Drinking water frequently and moderately (every 15-20 minutes, at least 8 ounces) — due to the fact that most of us already consume excessive salt in our diets, salt tablets are NOT recommended for general use;

  • Resting frequently;

  • Eating lightly;

  • Doing more strenuous jobs during the cooler morning hours;

  • Utilizing the ventilation or fans in enclosed area;

  • Avoiding alcohol consumption — many cases of heat stroke have occurred the day after a “night on the town;” and

  • Wearing light colored and cotton clothes.

Your good health is your greatest wealth!! 

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