Avoid Heat Illness

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Posted in: Commercial Insurance, Human Resources, Risk Management, Safety

When it is hot outside, your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels. Normally, your body cools itself through sweating. However, in hot and humid weather, sweating is not enough and the result can be a heat illness.insurance, horst insurance, beat the heat, dehydration, summer, hot, scorching, sun

Staying Cool

Follow the suggestions below to stay cool when working in hot weather:

Recognizing the Symptoms

There are three forms of heat illness, each with its own distinct symptoms:

Providing Treatment

It is essential to treat heat illness as soon as possible. If you are feeling any of the above symptoms, inform a co-worker and ask for help. If you suspect that a fellow worker has any of these conditions, follow the first-aid suggestions below:

Safety Reminder

The risk of heat illness increases with age, poor diet, being overweight, insufficient liquid intake, poor physical condition and/or when taking medication. Never take salt tablets without your doctor’s approval. Be aware of weather conditions when you will be working outside so that you can be prepared with appropriate clothing and beverages. If you are working outside and start to feel any adverse symptoms, inform your supervisor and take a break.

Please note that these are suggestions for heat safety and should not be interpreted as medical advice.