Summer temperatures are at an all-time high with this August heat. Here are some heat safety tips to keep yourself cool and safe this summer!
Heat exposure can dehydrate your body rather quickly, so it is extra important to stay hydrated in the summer months. Proper hydration will help keep body temperature at a normal level. Sugary drinks will dehydrate your body quicker, so try to stay clear of any extra sugar in the high heat. Instead of those sugary drinks, try having an occasional drink fortified with electrolytes on those really scorching days.
Know the Signs
It is important to know the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke in order to keep yourself healthy this summer. Heat exhaustion is usually described as: Dizziness, headaches, sweaty skin, weakness, cramps, nausea, vomiting and a fast heart. Heatstroke symptoms are typically: Red, hot dry skin, high temperature, confusion, convulsions and fainting. Heat exhaustion is a precursor to heat stroke and taking care of it immediately can keep the condition from worsening to heatstroke. If you do experience any of these symptoms, pull over, take a break, and call your dispatcher.
Sun Exposure Safety
Make sure to limit your time in the sun. If you are in the sun, be sure to use sunscreen, and wear a hat to shield your face if possible. When you are inside the truck, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing that is lightweight to stay especially cool.
Summer is one of our favorite seasons, but make sure to stay safe and cool during your time outside!
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