Summer tips for handling the heat!

With today being the first day of summer and a crazy heat wave is hitting the Midwest with force, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is urging those who work outside - including farmers and farm workers - to put safety first in these weather conditions. (For more information, click here.)

There are some common sense items and helpful reminders for being outside on a hot, hot day.

Be sure to pay attention if you are doing any of the following:
     Hanging out or working in high temperatures.

     Hanging out or working in direct sunlight

     Physically exerting yourself

     Taking specific medications which negatively react to sunlight.

Be sure to monitor yourself and others in the heat.

Use sunscreen and take shade when possible.

Use a fan or air conditioner whenever you can.

Take breaks!

Drink lots of water.

Wear loose-fitting clothes.

Stay inside if you can.

And lastly - don't forget about your pets! They can get overheated too and it's important to keep them hydrated and cool.

 

If you notice any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention:

Hot skin with no sweating, mental confusion or losing consciousness, and seizures or convulsions. For more information on heat emergencies, click here.

 

For more information, visit the following sites for additional heat safety resources:

      www.asse.org

      www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html

 

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