Precautions for working in the extreme heat
Summer is just days away, but the heat is already here. For some, it’s work and no play underneath the hot sun.
“I drink a lot of water. I drink a lot of Gatorade,” said Max Anthony who works outside.
Jaime Silva added, “If you get too hot, stop and rest for a bit. Take a few breaks, more breaks than usual.”
With temperatures in the 90’s and the heat index close to 100, Friday has been one of the hottest days of the year
Carolina beach was a popular spot to cool down.
“When you’ve got kids, you’ve got to stay in the water, so that’s how we’re staying cool,” said Patricia McKeel of Selma.
So what if you can’t take a dip in the water? Some people at the beach are actually working. Lifeguards have a few tricks to help beat the heat.
“We are allowed to go for a cool down swim. And we do get to go for an hour long lunch break, so that definitely helps with getting out of the sun,” said Mallory Albritton, head lifeguard at Carolina Beach.
Prolonged sun exposure can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Doctors say it’s important to be aware of the symptoms.
“Your cramps, your nausea, you can get some vomiting you can get some headaches things like that. And the spectrum increases to heat stroke where you can have neurological symptoms,” said Michael Moulton of NHRMC.
If you have to work outside, keep very well hydrated drink a lot of Gatorade, try not to wear real restricting clothes so you can sweat some to cool your body, or have some place you can go to get out of the heat.
Also, you should avoid drinking alcohol as it affects your ability to decide when you’ve had too much sun.
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