July and August can get really hot and we are in the middle of them now. The temperatures are triple digits for the next week at least. Here are some helpful tips that your employees should know.
Heat exhaustion and a heat stroke are different.
Heat exhaustion occurs when a person cannot sweat enough to cool the body, usually the result of not drinking enough fluids during hot weather.
- Dizziness, weakness, nausea, headache and vomiting
- Blurry vision
- Body temperature rising to 101°F
- Difficulty speaking
Heat stroke is the result of untreated heat exhaustion and is a serious medical emergency that must be treated quickly by a trained professional.
- Unawareness of heat and thirst
- Body temperature rising rapidly to above 101°F
- Confusion or delirium
- Loss of consciousness or seizure
Tips for Staying Cool
- Drink plenty of water—In hot weather, drink enough to quench your thirst.
- Dress for the weather—When outside, wear lightweight clothing made of natural fabrics and a well-ventilated hat.
- Eat light—Replace heavy or hot meals with lighter, refreshing foods.
- Think cool! Take a cool shower or apply a cold compress to your pulse points.
If you would like any additional information or ideas please follow up with Workplace Benefits Solutions.