If you are playing or working outside this summer ask yourself these three questions.
Am I drinking enough water?
Is it time for me to take a break?
Is there shade nearby?
OSHA can help you and your employer keep you safe when outdoors this summer with their Fourth Annual Awareness campaign to help keep workers safe in the sun. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html?utm_source=Twitter
A transition period or time to “acclimatization” is usually needed when you are new to being out in heat; so make sure to give yourself enough time to “work up to” the outdoor heat.
The people most venerable to heat exhaustion and heat stroke are children, pregnant women and the elderly. Here are some tips to keep everyone safer out in the sun.
- Sip on water at least every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
- Take breaks, rest in the shade to cool down.
- Protect your head, wear a hat.
- Avoid dark colored clothing.
- Learn the signs of heat illnesses and what to do in an emergency by taking a first aid course http://acprclass.enrollware.com/registration/calendar.aspx
- Keep an eye on those around you.
Keep your staff and yourself safe from heat hazards such as heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Need some extra training? An Ounce of Prevention offers a Heat Stress section in our first aid course which is excellent for workers in al industries. The course covers prevention and treatment of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.