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Protect Yourself: Heat Stroke Prevention Tips for Outdoor Workers  

  • Understanding Heat Stroke
  • Recognizing the Symptoms
  • Preventing Heat Stroke
  • Responding to Heat Stroke Emergency

Understanding Heat Stroke

Recognizing the Symptoms

  1. High body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit)
  2. Hot, red, and dry skin
  3. Rapid and strong pulse
  4. Headache
  5. Dizziness or lightheadedness
  6. Nausea and vomiting
  7. Muscle weakness or cramps
  8. Confusion or disorientation
  9. Loss of consciousness

Preventing Heat Stroke

  1. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol as they can contribute to dehydration.
  2. Take frequent breaks: Take regular breaks in shaded or cool areas to give your body time to cool down. Avoid working continuously under the sun for long periods.
  3. Dress appropriately: Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and breathable clothing that allows sweat to evaporate. Opt for light-colored clothing, as dark colors absorb more heat.
  4. Use sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Reapply as needed, especially if you are sweating excessively.
  5. Wear a hat and sunglasses: Protect your face and eyes by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. This will help shade your face and prevent sunburn and eye damage.
  6. Modify work schedules: Whenever possible, schedule outdoor work for the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening hours.
  7. Use cooling aids: Use cooling towels, neck wraps, or fans to help lower your body temperature. This aid can provide temporary relief and help prevent overheating.
  8. Train and educate workers: Provide comprehensive training on heat-related illnesses and prevention strategies. Educate workers on the importance of recognizing and responding to the symptoms of heat stroke.

Responding to Heat Stroke Emergency