The next week or two it is about to get really hot outside.  Here are some basic tips to keep you cool, especially if you work outside.  Drink cool water. Anyone working in a hot environment should drink cool  water in small amounts frequently--one cup every 20 minutes. Employers  should make water available. Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft  drinks, which cause dehydration.

Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting  clothing and change clothing if it gets completely saturated. Use sunscreen and wear a hat when working outdoors. Avoid getting sunburn.

Work less, rest more. Supervisors should assign a lighter workload and
longer rest periods during days of intense heat. Short, frequent work-rest
cycles are best. Alternate work and rest periods with longer rest periods in
a cooler area, and schedule heavy work for cooler parts of the day.

Stay cool, and have a great weekend!




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