Summer is in full swing and it’s important to remember to stay hydrated in the heat.
Hydration is especially important to workers in construction zones, commercial bakeries and laundries, foundries, transportation and utilities, agriculture, landscaping services, and more.
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Make sure plenty of water is on hand at your work site. You should not wait until thirst determines your need for water. Drink five to seven ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes, or one bottle of water an hour, to keep hydrated.
Regular rest breaks are recommended. If you can, rest in the shade. While you may take a break in the sun, the sun does not properly complete the cool-down process.
If you’re experiencing confusion, dizziness and the inability to sweat, you may be suffering from heat stroke. Seek medical attention immediately.