During extremely hot and humid temperatures, the body's ability to cool itself is greatly affected. When our bodies heat too rapidly to properly cool off, our body temperatures rise and heat-related illnesses can develop.
Heat-related illnesses can range from heat cramps to heat exhaustion to more serious cases such as heat stroke. Here are just a few tips to educate your employees on how to help combat the summer heat:
- Put less fuel on your inner fires. Eat less protein and more water based food. Protein increases metabolic heat production which also increases water loss.
- Drink plenty of water. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Rest often. To cool off, make sure your employees are taking small breaks in shaded areas to help keep cool.
- Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Protect yourself from the sun. To ensure you are fully protected from the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
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