Summer is the season for us New Englanders to get outdoors for work or play and enjoy the warmth of the sun. As we look to get in as much time outside while it lasts, we must be careful not to overdo it when the heat and humidity become extreme; for example, right now it’s sunny and 94 degrees while this post is being written. So, the team at RIHI wanted to share some tips from Princeton University’s Environmental Health and Safety group to help you stay safe when we experience a heat wave.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water steadily; don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol which cause us to lose water more rapidly.
- Take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors in an air-conditioned space.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightly colored, and lightweight clothes.
- Minimize the use of heat-generating appliances like stoves or ovens.
- Do not exercise outdoors. If you must exercise outdoors, only exercise in the early morning hours, before 8 a.m.
- Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
- Check on friends, neighbors, and pets
Basically, the common denominator for heat illness prevention is Water, Rest, and Shade. Getting plenty of all three when outdoors is the best way to beat the heat and stay out of trouble. If you do experience over-heating, it’s important for you to recognize the signs and symptoms. Here’s the link to the Princeton article that provides more detail: Beat the Heat With These Summer Safety Tips | Office of Environmental Health and Safety (princeton.edu)
From the RIHI family to yours, stay safe, stay cool, and have a great Summer!