I was in Las Vegas at the end of June for the American Society of Safety Engineers conference (that’s another blog). On the day I left the temperature was supposed to get to 115 degrees F. Walking outside was like standing directly under a heater going full blast. Sure, it is a dry heat, but it is still hot! While it felt good, a contrast from the cold conference rooms, I was not having to work in the heat. Here are some heat reminders:
- Take frequent breaks.
- Drink plenty of water. Moderate intake of sugary drinks, including those with electrolytes (such as Gatorade). Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Schedule the most strenuous work for early morning (or late in the day) when it tends to be cooler.
- Wear loose, light colored clothing.
- Keep an eye out for your co-workers as well.
We want you to stay safe. Be careful out there.