It is crucial to keep yourself and the others around you safe in the hot summer weather. High temperatures bring about activities and events that tend to be outside. But being outside in the heat is the first step towards heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and other heat related illnesses and injuries.
Specific groups of people are at a higher risk of heat-related injuries because they are unable to properly cool themselves down. These groups would include:
Higher temperatures can create higher ozone levels. For people with lung disease or asthma, this could prove particularly dangerous. The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index to predict the quality of the air. And high humidity keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
To protect yourself and your loved ones from the heat, follow the rules listed below. The are recommended by the American Red Cross.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are two very common heat related illnesses. Watch for signs of these in the people around you. If you notice any of the signs, get medical help for them immediately.
For more information visit our Hard Hat Training Series. We provide training courses such as; Making Summer Safety a Priority, that provide more in-depth information on the topic of high temperatures and safety. Goodluck out there!