Memorial Day was the unofficial kick off of summer, and with summer...comes hot weather. Allied Universal employees are exposed to a wide range of work environments. Employees assigned to both outside and inside posts can experience high heat working conditions. Although our tips and strategies seem to be similar each year, it is important to have a quick refresher.
Heat-related injuries are very preventable. Please review the tips and resources below to help you prepare for unique hazards that may arise in your workplace during the hottest months of the year. Using your safety smarts will allow you to keep yourself and others safe while enjoying the summer!
Tips for Hot Weather Safety:
- Hydration. You need to increase your consumption of water when it is hot. Salty foods and beverages (such as potato chips, energy drinks and soda) can cause health complications under these conditions. If you have a specialized diet or other health concerns, you should consult a physician on this issue. •
- Acclimatization. This means that you need to be even more cautious during the first few days of warmer weather or during a heat wave. Your body needs time to be accustomed to a warmer environment; pace your physical activity and drink more water.
- Heat Illness. Watch for the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in yourself and others. Know the details of your sites’ Heat Illness Prevention Plan. Don’t delay if you experience symptoms of illness. Respond immediately to cool down and seek medical attention as needed.
- Sun protection. The CDC advises that you apply a thick layer of sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) on all exposed skin. Seek or ask for sources of shade if you work outdoors.
- Severe Storms. Many areas of the country can be affected by severe storms. Register to get local weather alerts sent to your cell phone and familiarize yourself with your site’s response plan.
- Insects. Protect yourself from insect bites through use of clothing that covers your skin and use of insect repellents. Survey your area for sources of standing water, where mosquito eggs are laid. Always check your skin and scalp for ticks after being outdoors for a prolonged length of time.
- Exercise. Fitness is important year-round, but play it safe in extreme weather. Try to fit in your exercise during the cooler parts of the day when the sun is down.