Preventing Heat Illness

In hot and humid weather, sometimes your body’s natural cooling system isn’t enough. Heat Cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke pose a very real threat to outdoor workers. Follow those simple steps to keep yourself cool and safe:

  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing and some type of hat.
  • Be conscious of warm conditions, especially if performing strenuous tasks.
  • Take breaks in the shade when possible, and remove any protective gear you may be wearing. 
  • Avoid overexertion during peak temperature hours, especially midday.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty – at least 8 ounces every 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Stay away from drinks that contain caffeine – such as coffee, tea or soda – as they can dehydrate you.