Symptoms of Heat Distress + Tips for Prevention

May 22 2020

Though summer doesn’t officially begin until next month, temperatures are rising and in states like Virginia, add in a little humidity and you start dreaming of a cold glass of water or a dip in the pool. For those working outside at construction sites, shipyards or in large warehouses, the heat can quickly affect your body without warning - especially if you are focused on work.
It may start with small symptoms you barely notice - a dry mouth, or a little headache. However, heat exhaustion and dehydration can quickly become severe, leading to fatigue, dizziness and nausea. If these symptoms continue to escalate, it can cause future health issues that will last longer than any task. Thankfully, there are a few simple preventative measures that can save the day, and keep you feeling healthy and more comfortable during the summer season!
Drink lots of fluids.
Of course, drinking water throughout the day is always the best way to prevent dehydration, but did you know that salts and electrolytes can help replenish the body. If you’re starting to feel a little sluggish or the beginning strains of a headache, often a sports drink will do the trick better than more water. The Sqwincher products provide the key ingredients to help keep you hydrated and productive, please visit the website for specific options and flavors!
Protect yourself from the sun.
If your jobsite is out in the sun, wearing protective, moisture wicking, high visibility clothing is a way to beat the heat!
Take breaks.
Even if you are staying hydrated and wearing the right clothes, working all day in the sun can be exhausting. Be sure to take shady breaks to give your body a chance to cool off when possible. Visit our website to purchase a safety tent for breaks and hydration.
OBBCO Safety & Supply is your one-stop-shop for heat stress relief products. From coolers to keep your team hydrated, to cooling headwear and temporary shade, we have you covered with heat stress relief items! Contact us today to discuss your current and future safety needs, and prepare for the season ahead.

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