Fun, Sun and … Heat Illness?

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[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='18' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] Hot and sweaty. These are two of the things that come to mind when you think about summer. Depending where you live, they may be the only things you think of when you know warmer temperatures are upon us. (Shout out to employees in Florida, Arizona and our other amazingly toasty locations!)

As these temps heat up, our awareness of heat-related dangers need to also increase. A significant number of our employees are out in the heat and direct sunlight performing physically demanding jobs. But all of us need to be aware of the signs and what we can do to keep safe from heat illness.

Take care of yourself in the heat:

Give your body time to adjust to rising temperatures by taking it slow the first couple of high-temp days. It’s also critical to remember to start drinking water before you are thirsty. (Hint: If you’ve got that cotton ball taste in your mouth, dehydration has already started. Grab a cup or 3 of water and start drinking!) Lastly, educate yourself by knowing the signs the heat illness and have a plan of what to do if you start experiencing them – more on both of these below.

First signs of heat exhaustion:

  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

What to do if you experience any of these symptoms:

It’s critical to get out of the heat and rest where there is air-conditioning. If going inside isn’t an option, find the nearest cool and shady place. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, remove tight clothing, take a cool shower and use fans or ice to help cool down.
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