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Stay safe working in the heat

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Will you be working in hot conditions?

You’ll need to take steps to protect yourself from the heat. First, know the warning signs of heat-related illness:

  • Thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Sore or painful muscles or cramps
  • Dizziness/headache
  • Nausea
  • Low abdominal pain

Next, remember these tips for working safely in the heat:

  • Check the weather beforehand.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes and a hat. Consider wearing water-dampened or reflective clothing or cooling vests.
  • Take breaks in air-conditioned or cool, shaded areas.
  • Wear sunscreen and reapply it every two hours.
  • Drink 1 cup of water or an electrolyte beverage every 15-20 minutes, even if you aren’t thirsty.

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