HOUSTON – It’s entering summertime, which means employees working outdoors, or in an open facility, need to approach their work with a high level of attention and caution. Not only can heat lead to excessive sweating, a bad sunburn and irritability, it can also cause fainting, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To be prepared, keep these five tips in mind.

  1. Stay hydrated. Drink before becoming thirsty and replace fluids as they are lost. Avoid drinks with too much sugar or caffeine, and if you’re older, keep in mind that you should be drinking more.
  2. Dress correctly. Wear light-colored, loose fitting cloths made from natural fibers, as well as a hat, sunglasses and/or safety glasses.
  3. Wear sunscreen. Not only will this prevent an annoying sunburn, it’ll also help to prevent skin cancer from developing in the future.
  4. Observe the buddy system. Watch for signs of heat stress in both yourself and your coworkers.
  5. Know yourself. Lower fitness levels, obesity and even some medications can contribute to heat stress, so know if you’re at a higher risk.