How to Stay Safe This Summer

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Summer brings longer days and warmer weather. While the heat and sun are two things many people look forward to each year, they can also lead to increased health risks, such as dehydration, sun poisoning and heat stroke. Whether you are on the job or enjoying a little down time, keeping yourself safe and healthy during the summer months is essential. Fortunately, simple measures can be taken to minimize and avoid summer health and safety issues.

THREE TIPS TO STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER

Summer safety requires some forethought and preparation. Fortunately, simple measures can be taken to minimize and avoid many of the health related issues. Here are three key areas to focus on as the mercury rises.

1. HYDRATE

Dehydration can happen surprisingly quickly. When your body does not have enough water to manage normal functions, the effects can be severe. While many believe only individuals who are consistently exposed to high temperatures need to worry, that is not the case. Even office workers can become dehydrated if they do not replenish the fluids they lose throughout the day. Pay special attention on days when you visit a job site. If you’re accustomed to working in air conditioning, the summer heat and humidity can hit you hard and fast.

The easiest way to remain hydrated is to increase your water intake and eat foods that contain a substantial amount of water, like fruits and vegetables. Standard guidance is to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Sipping on water continuously throughout the day is also an effective approach, so consider having a water bottle with you at all times and take a drink regularly.

Dehydration can cause light-headedness and sluggishness, but even a mild deficit can delay reaction time and impair physical and mental performance. Just 3-4 percent dehydration can cause a 25 percent decline in worker productivity. If you want to be at your best on the job, make hydration a priority.

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2. STAY ACTIVE

While it may seem counterintuitive, staying active during the summer is actually a smart move. Keeping up with a fitness routine ensures that your body remains fit and healthy. Pay attention to factors such as humidity, heat index and air quality, not just temperature, when deciding whether to get some fresh air or take your workout inside.

Regular exercise can improve concentration and memory, enhance creativity and lower stress, all of which can enable you to do your job better. If you work in a region with four seasons, you’ll want to make the most of the opportunity for outdoor hobbies and activities while you can to stay positive and motivated.

3. WEAR PROPER APPAREL

When it is hot, you need to dress accordingly. Certain materials are more breathable than others, so they can help you stay cooler during warmer months. For example, lightweight natural fibers like cotton are usually preferred over synthetics during the hottest months. However, some performance fabrics are also great options for keeping you cool and wicking away sweat.

Lighter colors also reflect heat while darker ones trap it. By opting for pale hues, you can remain cooler when outdoors. If you have the option, stick with whites, light grays, beiges or pastels as much as possible.

One of the challenges faced in hot summer months is the regular transition between the outdoors and the much cooler indoors. Dress in layers, such as a light shirt topped with a summer-weight blazer or cardigan. It’s usually not possible to control the overall temperature of your workplace, but you can keep yourself comfortable. Being physically uncomfortable can be distracting and recent reports show that cold temperatures can have a negative impact on productivity.

By following the above tips, you can stay safe this summer. Remember that the heat can be troublesome whether you work indoors or outside, so exercise caution as the temperature rises. Protect your health and well-being, as well as your performance and productivity, with these measures to remain safe during the summer months and year-round.

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