On a perfect day, working outside can seem like a bonus. But perfect days are rare. In the winter, you have to fight the cold. And then there’s the summer, when things can get even worse. To protect your health and stay productive, it’s important to find ways to stay cool while working in hot weather.
Hot days can cause significant discomfort. Sweating for eight hours in the hot sun isn’t exactly fun, unless it’s part of a beach vacation. But extreme heat can cause more than just an unpleasant day at work. The stifling temperature can pose a significant safety issue as well.
Heat exhaustion and, even worse, heat stroke, represent serious health risks. We’re talking potentially life-threatening situations. In other words, you have to stay cool to stay safe.
With that in mind, here are 10 tips to beat the heat while working in the hot weather:
Know the Symptoms of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion
Before heading outside, know what to look for. Symptoms like nausea, dizziness, or muscle cramps can all indicate that the heat is getting to you. Know when you’ve had enough and take action before things get serious.
Drinking water is the best action you can take to stave off the negative impact of the heat.
Just a bit of junior high science to keep in mind: sweating is your body’s way of keeping cool (the water evaporates and cools you down in the process). One major downside to this process (besides feeling wet and gross all day) is that your body loses water. This can lead to dehydration, a key danger associated with working in the heat.
Counteract this by staying hydrated. Set a schedule for drinking and makes sure you have enough water available.
You might not get to set your own pace of work. But to the extent that you have a say, don’t overexert yourself. Monitor your health constantly, and don’t push yourself to the point of overheating.
Again, you might not have much input into your schedule. But if possible, get to the outdoor worksite as early in the morning as possible. Waking up might be tough, but you’ll thank yourself later if you can get the heaviest work done before the temperature peaks.
Find times to get out of the heat. If there’s an indoor location nearby, enjoy the air conditioning for a little bit before going back outside. If not, scope out a cool spot to rest for a few minutes.
Find Some Shade
Get out of the sun as much as possible. Locate shady areas and hunt them out when you start to feel the heat getting to you.
Your company might have dress codes that you have to follow. Within those restrictions, do what you can to keep yourself cool using your wardrobe. Wear loose, breathable clothes and consider a hat to keep the sun out of your face.
Use a Damp Towel or Water Spritzer
Remember how sweating works? Well, why not help your body with that evaporation process? Add a little extra moisture by patting down with a damp towel or spritzing yourself with a water bottle.
Set Up a Fan
You might not be able to retreat to an air-conditioned office, but you can still get some relief on an outdoor worksite. Set up a fan, if possible, either in your work area or in a potential rest spot. The added air flow will help take the edge off the peak temperatures.
Staying cool isn’t your only concern when the sun is shining. Sunburns can pose a serious risk as well. Counteract this danger with a proper layer of sunscreen.
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