June 3, 2020 Kym Graves

BLOG – Protecting Yourself from Extreme Heat

                                   

As we approach the hotter months of the year, remember to stay hydrated especially if you’re working outdoors. For the Selmon West Extension crews and laborers and others who work outdoors, heat is not only uncomfortable but also dangerous. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, yet according to the CDC, more than 600 people die from extreme heat. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most serious. Symptoms include; muscle cramping, fatigue, headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or fainting.

Here are some safety tips if you’re working in the heat:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing (long sleeves and pants)
  • Pace yourself
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Rest in the shade

Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness.

 

 

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