Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Tips to stay safe:
- Drink a lot of water.
- Avoid working hard in the heat. If you have to work in the heat, be careful:
- Take breaks in the shade or in air conditioning
- Drink more water than usual
- Work in the early morning or late evening
- Wear light-colored, lightweight, and loose-fitting clothing
- Check on neighbors and family who are older or are sick
- Keep pets and children indoors when you can, and do not leave pets or kids alone in a car!
More information is available on the National Weather Service website: https://www.weather.gov/hgx/