It’s a Hot One!
Being Safe in the Moment isn’t just a mantra here at MH Equipment – We live it and breathe it every single day. If you have watched any news at all in recent weeks you know the whole country has been under an intense heat wave, and only in the last few days have we felt any relief at all. It appears we are on track for one of the hottest summers on record, and with the temperatures soaring, it’s important to protect yourself against heat related illnesses.
Heat exhaustion and other heat related illnesses don’t just happen to people who are outdoors. The heat can also take it’s toll while indoors, for example, while in a garage working on equipment, in a warehouse moving boxes, or in a factory working the assembly line.
Heat related illnesses can strike anybody, but people who have other health conditions, the very young, and the elderly are most susceptible. It’s important to protect yourself, take precautions, and know the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses so you don’t become one of the thousands of Americans each year who are affected.
Here are a few easy tips to help avoid heat related illnesses this summer:
• Drink plenty of fluids and avoid sugary or alcoholic drinks.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
• Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and sunscreen.
• Take frequent breaks in a cool area.
The symptoms for being over-heated can include:
• Heavy sweating
• Muscle cramps
• Cold clammy skin
• Fast shallow breathing
• Dizziness or fainting
• Nausea or vomiting
• Hot, dry skin
• A weak and rapid pulse
• High body temperature
• Disorientation or confusion
If you feel like you are having any of these symptoms or notice someone around you with these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep an eye on your co-workers and don’t ignore the warning signs, and as always, BE SAFE IN THE MOMENT!