Hot Weather Safety

You can help yourself and others avoid experiencing heat disorders by following these safety rules.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, including fruit juices, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Actively monitor for early warning signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.  Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke quite quickly if one ignores the signs and symptoms. When treating for heat exhaustion, the most effective areas to place cool compresses are at the back of the neck, in armpits, and groin area.
  • Take time to rest and cool down in shaded or air-conditioned areas. 
  • Wear lightweight clothing that easily absorbs perspiration.  A light-colored hat with a wide brim provides protection from the sun.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! – Availability of popsicles, water jugs with electrolyte replacement, and/or just plain water is extremely important.

Alcohol, according to the CDC, can cause dehydration and increase one’s risk of heat illness if consumed within 24 hours of working in heat.

Energy drinks and larger than standard servings of tea, soft drinks, or coffee can increase risk of heat-related heart strain and cause dehydration.