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Don’t Sweat The Heat

Whether you’re on the job, or just doing chores on your own property, your to-do list doesn’t care what the mercury says. And when the temperature climbs, working outside can become more than just uncomfortable. It can become downright dangerous.

Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash and heat cramps are just some of the conditions that exerting yourself in excessive temperatures can cause.

So to help avoid both the potential hazards and loss of productivity that these conditions create, here are a few common-sense tips for beating the heat. 

First, be mindful.
Job one is to be aware of your environment, and understand how to prevent heat stress in the first place. But it’s also important to be able to recognize it in yourself or others. Common signs include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. 

Work your way into it.
It’s important to acclimate yourself to extreme conditions by gradually increasing your exposure. Jumping directly into high temperature situations without properly preparing your body can put too much stress on your system.

Water, water, water.
Make sure you have quick, easy access to fresh, cool water at all times. And more importantly, take advantage of it! 

Take a break.
Give your body a rest by taking frequent breaks either in a shaded or air-conditioned area. 

Gear up.
Technology has developed a range of helpful products over the years – from cooling hats and vests to hydration packs and portable beverage coolers. So find the ones that work best for you and put them to good use.

But depending on your role, it may be necessary to look beyond your own comfort and safety and address the overall workplace as well. And there too, a few simple steps can contribute to the comfort and productivity of the entire workforce.

Clean your ducts.
Over time, dust and debris can accumulate in air conditioning ducts, dramatically reducing their efficiency. So to make sure you’re getting the most cooling power from your system, it’s important to maintain your ducts properly 

Strip out the heat.
Weatherstripping is a time-tested means for keeping the cool air in, and the hot air out. You’ll be amazed at the difference a few simple strips around your doors and windows can make.

Give the sun the bounce.
Awnings, blinds, shades, and reflective coatings also go a long way in reducing the temperature of a facility, by blocking or reflecting the sun’s rays.

Keep things wet.
Properly irrigating the foliage around your facility not only helps keep things green and growing, helping to provide shade, but it also reduces the risk of fire that can often go hand-in-hand with extreme temperatures.

These are all simple measure, to be sure. But together they play a valuable role in helping ensure the comfort, safety, and productivity of you and your work force in the hot summer months.