I’ve always thought of heat stress as something that can sneak up on you. One minute, you’re feeling fine but all of a sudden, you feel lightheaded or your leg starts cramping up. Heat stress happens quickly, so when you're outside this summer, be sure to practice heat safety. Here are a few tips.
1. Drink plenty of fluids.
2. WEAR SUNSCREEN and dress appropriately (lightweight and light in color)
3. Take frequent breaks in the shade (or air conditioning) and reduce activity during the warmest time of the day. Schedule more strenuous jobs in the early morning or late evening hours.
4. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion/stroke (see below).
5. Follow your local weather forecast so you are aware of Heat Advisories or Excessive Heat Warnings.
6. Keep an eye on family members, friends, and outdoor workers, especially those who may have been away from the job and are not accustomed to the heat or workload.