It’s been hot lately, and it’s hard to find ways to keep cool. It can be especially oppressive for those who work outside or around machinery that gives off a lot of heat. Exposure to extreme heat could put you at risk for heat exhaustion or even a life-threatening heatstroke. Here are some steps that you can take to keep yourself cool at work:
- Don’t remove clothing. When we’re hot or sweating, the first thing many of us do is remove a layer of clothing. However, keeping your skin covered is going to protect it from being overexposed to the sun.
- Wear light colors. Light colors, especially white, will reflect the sun and keep you cooler than if you wore dark colors.
- Wear lightweight vests. Check to see if your employer has provided lightweight vests. Many of them can have cool packs inserted in the pockets that can be changed out during the way.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Remember to constantly drink water or something that will replace your electrolytes, like Gatorade or PowerAde.
Some symptoms of heat exhaustion are heat cramps, feeling faint or nauseous, or having low blood pressure. People showing these symptoms should be taken out of the sun right away so their body has a chance to cool down. If the person’s condition worsens, always call 911.