In many parts of the country, the summer months mean high heat and high humidity – a combination that can be a serious health hazard for you and your facility managers who have to work outside.

Here are some tips for avoiding heat stress and heat-related illness:

  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabric.
  • Drink small amounts of water frequently. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sugary drinks.
  • Work in the shade when possible and take frequent breaks in shaded areas.
  • Talk to your doctor about medications that may cause heat-related reactions.
  • Take extra precautions when wearing equipment such as respirators.

Next week, we will review the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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Make it a safe day!

Mike Schofield
President & CEO