We know lots of folks will be doing necessary yard work these next couple of weeks. When the heat is up, it is very important to keep yourself hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion.
+ TIP 1: Dress Properly
Choose lightweight, light colored clothing when working in the heat. Wearing sun hats, sunglasses and sun block are also easy ways to protect yourself from sun exposure. Tools such as gloves and face masks are important when working with materials which may be moldy, or to protect your skin from weeds such as poison ivy.
+ TIP 2: Work When It’s Cool Outside
The hottest part of the day is usually between 3pm to 4:30pm, and temperatures are their coolest in the early morning or at dusk. It’s best to get an early start and get strenuous work done before the midday heat. If you must work during the hottest part of the day, when possible, try to work in the shade to avoid direct sunlight.
+ TIP 3: Stay Hydrated
Drinking water is key to keeping your body hydrated while you exert yourself. It’s best to drink at least two cups of water every hour while working in the heat. Don’t wait until you are thirsty, so keep a water bottle nearby to sip from often. Also, avoid ice cold water and opt for cool water instead.
+ TIP 4: Take Frequent Breaks
When the heat is up, taking frequent breaks to let your body cool and rehydrate is important. It is recommended your breaks last at least 15 minutes. If you start to feel dizzy, lethargic or develop a headache, stop working immediately and get to a cool area to rest. If your symptoms continue or worsen, seek medical attention.
Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke
There is a difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms vary between individuals, but warning signs may include: