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Preventing Heat Related Illness

Summer is around the corner and the hotter days bring on new risks for outdoor workers. To prevent the high temperatures from getting employees injured, remember these three things: WATER, REST, SHADE.

Normally the body cools itself by sweating, but during times of extreme heat and high humidity, perspiration is not enough. If workers neglect to take precautions against the scorching climate like drinking extra water and taking frequent rest breaks in the shade or an air conditioned building, body temperatures can rise to dangerous levels.

When working outdoors during hot days:

Taking these precautions can mean the difference between life or death.

Preventing Heat Related Illness