Beat the heat!

Summer is here, and many Canadians have flipped the switch from complaining about the cold, to complaining about the heat!

After enduring long months of winter, relaxing outdoors might feel great. Unfortunately, working in that same heat can be uncomfortable and possibly even dangerous.

Here are some ways to beat the summer heat while working this season:

  1. Stay hydrated

Be sure to drink lots of hydrating fluids regularly throughout the day. In fact, drink before you’re thirsty. Thirst is a sign that you are already dehydrated. Try to avoid dehydrating beverages such as coffee, tea, and energy drinks. The natural juice in various fruits and veggies can also keep you hydrated, so don’t forget to include those into your diet as well…and they’re delicious!

  1. Stay cool

If you’re working outdoors be sure to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen and a hat, and try to find shade if possible. If you can’t find ways to get out of the heat, find ways to stay cool in it. Soaking a cloth or bandana in cold water and placing it on the back of your neck can help cool you down. Be sure to soak frequently as the cloth gets warm.

  1. Wear breathable clothing

Wearing loose, light-coloured, and lightweight breathable clothing made of cotton or sweat wicking materials can help keep you cool and dry throughout the day. If you must wear a mask, make sure that it is cotton or linen (breathable), and try to switch to a dry mask a few times during the day.

When working in the heat, be sure to pace yourself, take breaks as needed, and pay attention to signs and symptoms of heat stress. These tips can help keep you safe at work and while enjoying the outdoors during the summer months

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