The heat this summer is inescapable, affecting almost every region of the United States. Whether you are walking to your car or performing a strenuous task at the job site, your body is always working to maintain a balance and sustain its core temperature. As the heat index rises above 103°F in some regions, there is a high risk of heat-related illness; therefore, additional measures to protect your body must be taken. Heat-related illnesses are a serious hazard especially for those who are working outdoors during summer months. Follow these hydration safety tips to ensure your health and well-being during these scorching months:
Don’t wait until you are thirsty
If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Instead, drink small amounts frequently at regular intervals: 8 ounces every 30-45 mins.
Carry a Drink Bottle
You are more inclined to drink when fluids are readily available. Aim to refill a 27 ounce drinking bottle at least once every hour.
Drink plenty of fluids in the hours before your shift so that you are not starting your work day with a fluid deficit.
Drink an electrolyte drink
An electrolyte drink will replenish lost electrolytes quickly and keep you performing at your peak. Drink one for every 5 bottles of water you consume.
Work Smarter - Not Harder
If you feel dizzy and experience lack of sweating despite the heat, cramps, or muscle weakness, stop everything and get help immediately.