Heat Safety

BEAT THE HEAT!

Learn about and watch for the symptoms of heat illnesses, and take proactive steps to protect yourself, fellow workers and others

  • Monitor yourself and others anytime you are active in very hot weather or involved in strenuous work  that causes heat to build up
  • In hot conditions provide a cool, shaded rest area and plenty
    of water; insist on regular rest and hydration breaks

When you must be active on hot days:

  • Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose fitting clothing
  • Use sunblock, sun hats and other measures to prevent sunburn
  • Drink water gradually throughout the day, even when you are not thirsty
  • Schedule heavy activity in the cooler morning and evening hours
  • Scale back or slow down your workout regimen during very hot weather

Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms:

  • Profuse sweating                                                                                                                                  
  • Pale or flushed complexion
  • Extreme weakness or fatigue                                                                                                      
  • Slightly elevated body temperature
  • Dizziness, confusion Clammy, moist skin                                                                                                         
  • Nausea, Rapid, shallow breathing

Heat Exhaustion - How to React

  • Provide first aid immediately
  • Have the person rest and rehydrate (as with heat cramps)
  • Cool the person by wetting their skin and clothing with water and fanning them
  • If the person refuses water, vomits or loses consciousness, call 9-1-1 immediately
  • Left untreated, heat exhaustion can quickly progress to heat stroke,
    a life-threatening condition