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Health / Safety

Exercise caution in the summer heat

July 1, 2010

As the warm days of summer set in, keep these safety tips in mind to avoid stressing your body as you work outdoors.

1. Perform your heaviest tasks during the morning. If you have work that will require you to exert a lot of energy, it's best to do it in the cooler hours of the morning.

2. Build your tolerance. It usually takes a good two weeks for your body to acclimate itself to working in the heat, so give yourself time to adjust to higher temps.

3. Use the buddy system. That way you can keep an eye out and get help if need.

4. Drink water. Health experts say you should drink a small cup every 15 to 20 minutes when you're working in the heat to stay hydrated and cool.

5. Take breaks. Give you body a chance to cool down by heading off to a cool area for a few minutes.

6. Eat lightly.
Avoid heavy or big meals before you have to work in the heat.

7. Skip the caffeine. It makes your body lose water and increases your chances of heat illnesses.

Source: First Draft, June 2010.