Summer is great because it typically leads to more work but the excessive heat can make it a brutal time for you and your crew. High temps and exposure to the sun can pose significant dangers, such as sunburn, dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Here are a few tips to remember before heading to the jobsite on these upcoming hot days.
- Drink water frequently and drink enough that you’re never thirsty
- Avoid dehydrating liquids such as alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing made from natural materials such as cotton
- Use a damp rag to wipe your face or put it around your neck to keep body temperature level
- Wear safety glasses with UV protection, sunscreen and brimmed hard hats
- Take more breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Keep an eye on your co-workers and be alert for signs of heat exhaustion, which include lethargy, disorientation, stumbling, dropping tools, slurred speech or unresponsiveness
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