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Stay Safe in the Heat

Temperatures have definitely been heating up, and that means that we need to be more aware of ourselves and take certain safety precautions against high temperatures, especially if we spend a lot of time working outside.  The top heat-related illnesses are:

  • Heat Rash
  • Heat Cramps
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Heat Stroke (Medical Emergency)

(Source: United States Department of Labor: Occupational Heat Exposure)

Many of us would rather spend our summer free time splashing in the pool or having fun with friends and family than be sick.  Therefore, here are a few tips to avoid these medical issues:

Drink Water

It is extremely important to drink water when it is hot out.  And no, unfortunately, coffee, pop, beer, and other caffeinated or alcoholic drinks do NOT count in this category.

Stay Indoors

Though it may seem a shame to waste a beautiful day inside, when the temperatures are scorching, it can be better for your health to spend more time inside in air conditioning.

Dress the Part

Wear clothing that will keep you cool and will reflect sunlight, such as light-colored and lightweight clothing.

There you have it.  Enjoy the summer, but monitor how you feel and make safe decisions!  For more information about using air conditioning to protect yourself from heat related illnesses, contact FLAME!

(Source: National Weather Service Heat Safety)

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