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9 Tips to Keep Safe When Working Outside in the Summer

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We are in full swing this August for the heat of the summer and things need to keep moving forward as far as work.  So how do you accomplish everything you need to and still keep yourself and your employees safe?

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, heat stroke is the most serious heat related disorder and it occurs when the body can no longer control its temperature.

Your body temperature can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in just 10 minutes, resulting in heat stroke which can cause death or disability if emergency treatment is not provided immediately.

Here are 9 tips to keep safe when working outside.

  1. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids; water is important to drink but you may want to add in a drink that has electrolytes in it as well. Drink every 20 minutes especially when you are doing strenuous activity. Also be sure to stay away from dehydrating drinks such as alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated drinks.  They can do more harm than good.
  2. Wear protective clothing. Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing helps protect against heat.
  3. Pace yourself. Know your limits and be sure to work at an even pace. You need to work smart not hard in the heat.
  4. Take breaks often. Take time for rest periods and water breaks in a shaded or air conditioned area.
  5. Apply cool water.  Wipe your face or put a cool cloth around your neck to help keep your temperature regulated.
  6. Avoid sunburn. Use sunscreen and wear a hat if working outside.
  7. Be alert. Heat related illness can come on suddenly. Know what to look for and check on other workers that might be at high risk.
  8. Avoid direct sun. Find shade or block out the sun if possible.
  9. Eat smaller meals. Eat fruits high in fiber and natural juice. Avoid high protein foods.

If there is anything we can do to help you here at Contractors Insurance Agency, just reach out.  We are always here for you.


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