Do you work or play in a hot environment? The heat and/or those beautiful sunrays can be dangerous hot environments. Stay safe and beat the heat with these work or play pointers:
Know the signs of a heat stroke Heatstroke is where the body is no longer able to cool itself and a person’s body temperature becomes dangerously high. Symptoms include:
- Throbbing headache.
- Dizziness and light-headedness.
- Lack of sweating despite the heat.
- Red, hot, and dry skin.
- Muscle weakness or cramps.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak.
- Rapid, shallow breathing.
Stay Hydrated Keep a water bottle with you and make an effort to constantly drink. Take water breaks. Additionally, try electrolyte drinks to stay hydrated.
Wear Sunscreen UV rays are extremely harmful especially if your job requires you to be in the sun for prolonged periods of time. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going outside and bring it with to reapply through the day. Make things easy with a spray on sunscreen so the task is a little less daunting.
Wear Breathable Clothing Often time our jobs requires us to stay covered up. Wear athletic clothing that is vented or has cooling technology to keep cool.
Allow Air Flow If your workplace doesn’t have AC, request fans or doors to be open to allow some airflow. Safety is a right. Be sure your workplace or play conditions aren’t preventing you, from staying safe during the heat.