Beat the Heat- How to be Safe in the Summer
South Florida summers are no joke, especially when you’re working outside in the sun all day. Thank goodness summer is winding down soon, we could definitely use the break from the scorching heat. But who are we fooling? It’s FLORIDA , it won’t be cooling down anytime soon. That’s why this time of year is so important to remember to stay safe outside. We expect June, July, and August to be dreadfully hot, but sometimes forget that temperatures are still soaring up in September.
Here are 7 ways to stay safe in the heat:
- Try to schedule your heaviest work in the cooler hours, such as before 11am and after 4pm.
- Dress smart. Wear clothes that cover sensitive area that are likely to burn. Try getting some clothes with SPF already built in.
- Keep an eye out for each other. When you’re working in a group, pay attention to how other are acting. If you see them unbalanced or disoriented, it’s time to intervene.
- Switch jobs with each other. If you’re stuck outside all day, see if someone working inside will trade with you from time to time. Make sure that you are as caring if you’re the one inside.
- Understand heat and how it feels. Make sure you know the difference between the temperature and the heat index. Just because it’s only 95 degrees, doesn’t mean that humidity isn’t out and making it feel 107 degrees.
- Know what to do incase of an emergency. If you or someone you’re working needs extra help, have a plan ready so the necessary steps for improvement are taken immediately.
- Stay hydrated and always have water with you. Sounds easy enough, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t drink enough water through the day.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen. Keep you skin and eyes safe while you’re outside. A few sunburns doesn’t seem like much, but a little sunburn every day could turn into a serious problem down the road.