Prevent Heat Exhaustion
'Tis the sea-SUN for fun days in the sunshine! While the temperatures increase with each summer day passing, we must keep in mind the dangers of heat exhaustion. Our bodies are not conditioned for the heat that summer produces, causing heat exhaustion to set in more easily than expected.
If you recognize any of the following symptoms with yourself or someone you're working with, report it to your supervisor immediately so proper actions can be taken:
- Sweating profusely or lack of sweat
- Muscle cramps
- Headache or nauseousness
- Someone acting out of their "normal" behavior
Heat exhaustion is dangerous but is also preventable. Take the following steps to help protect yourself and others against the dangers of overheating:
- Drink plenty of water, even if you're not thirsty. Sweating is your body's natural way of cooling itself down; water will re-hydrate your body and will allow you to sweat.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks or eating foods that are high in sodium.
- Find a shaded area to take short breaks in to help cool yourself down.
- Eat light meals and pack more fruit in your lunch.
Have fun in the sun, but remember to stay safe!