The hot days of summer are here. Throughout the country, thousands of
employees who work indoors and outdoors face the potential dangers
associated with overexposure to heat. Factors such as working in direct
sunlight, high temperatures and humidity, physical exertion and lack of
sufficient water intake can lead to heat stress.
The following tips will help you stay cool and healthy this summer, both at work and at home!Wear Light, Breathable Clothing
bulky clothing attracts heat, which warms your body temperature and can
put you at risk for heat exhaustion. Fortunately, light clothing has
the opposite effect, so wear light-colored clothing when possi-ble.
Lighter material allows your skin to breathe and naturally regulate your
body temperature.Increase Your Water / Fluid Intake
the habit of drinking water or other replenishing drinks frequently
throughout the day. DO NOT depend on your thirst; thirst is a poor
indicator of adequate fluid intake.Cover your head
working outdoors in the summer, consider wearing a hat. Not only do
hats help with avoiding sun exposure, they can also cool you down.Acclimatize Yourself
acclimatization is necessary to prevent or reduce the severity of heat
illness. Acclimatization is a process where your body adapts and becomes
more efficient at cooling itself over time during the summer months. Be
sure to drink small amounts of cool liquids frequently, e.g., one cup
every 20 minutes. Although some commercial replacement drinks like
Gatorade contain salt, this is not necessary for acclimatized
individuals because most people add enough salt to their summer diets.