With the recent heat advisories in the Tri-State region, it’s important to be aware of heat-related illnesses and how to prevent them. The risk of these illnesses dramatically increases when the heat index climbs to 90 degrees or more, and our heat index is reaching well into the upper-90’s. For all of our outdoor workers, these temperatures could feel even greater working in direct sunlight or rooftop settings.
Though it may be tempting to soak up as much outdoor time as you can, know prolonged exposure to hot temperatures can cause heat exhaustion, heat cramps or heat stroke. These result from the body’s inability to keep cool. Be on the lookout for such symptoms as dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, profuse sweating, muscle cramps or nausea.
So if you’re heading outside for work or for play, we have a few steps you can take to keep cool!
- Limit outdoor activity to the coolest times of the day, either early morning or after sunset.
- Wear lightweight, breathable clothing.
- Drink water frequently. Approximately 1 cup every 15-20 minutes.
- Drink an electrolyte-rich sports drink to avoid salt depletion.
- Protect against sun exposure using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more.
- Utilize the buddy system to ensure no one is left alone.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages and other diuretics.
- Take frequent breaks in the shade or in air-conditioning.
Remember to stay hydrated, keep cool and have a safe and happy summer!
The information on this website should not be used as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.