Here is the conclusion to our three-part blog How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers.
Tips for Preventing Heat Illnesses
Along with staying hydrated, wearing the proper gear and taking plenty of breaks, more ways that outdoor workers can reduce their risk of developing heat illnesses include by:
- Avoiding things that can further dehydrate them – This specifically refers to limiting one’s consumption of caffeine and/or alcohol, as both of these things will further dehydrate people who are working outdoors.
- Periodically stretching – Outdoor workers are often on their feet, which can cause blood to pool up, the legs to swell dangerously and (in the worst cases) episodes of fainting that can trigger heat illnesses. Stretching one’s leg muscles (by, for example, flexing the feet back and forth) is one way to promote healthy circulation and reduce the risk of developing heat cramps or other heat illnesses
- Knowing the symptoms of heat illnesses – While workers may be diligent about following the tips mentioned up until this point in an effort to reduce their risk of heat illnesses, some may still develop serious heat illnesses (especially if they are overexerting themselves for excessive periods of time).
Consequently, anyone working outdoors in the summertime should make sure that they are aware of the symptoms of heat illnesses so they can identify possible health problems early – before they may become critical or life-threatening.
- Knowing emergency procedures for responding to heat illnesses – Similar to knowing the signs of heat illnesses, outdoor workers should also be fully aware of what they should do if they notice these symptoms.
If workers panic or for some reason forget how to respond to the signs of heat illnesses, the one thing to remember is that they can and should always call 911 to get emergency medical care for anyone who is displaying signs of moderate to severe heat illnesses (like, for instance, heat exhaustion or heat stroke).
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