Summer vacation may be over but it’s still plenty warm outside. If you work outside or in a warehouse, you’re sure to feel the heat. How do you handle it? If you’re new to working in the warmth, we’ve got a few tips on how we stay cool while putting up fences in the hot sun.
The most important tip we can provide is to stay hydrated. Even if you’re not thirsty or don’t want any water, please drink some. Try to drink several bottles of water a day, more the hotter it is outside or in your building. However, don’t chug the water, especially if it’s ice cold. This could upset your stomach or cause some added stress as your hot body tries to adjust to the cold temperature of the water.
Sit down every once in a while with your bottle of water. If it’s an option, go to a cooler place to sit down for a few minutes every hour. Take this time to drink some water and rest before heading back out to in the heat. If you can get inside during these times, take more breaks and find shaded areas outdoors to make the hours easier on you.
Rearrange Your Schedule
The hottest part of the day is between noon and 5 pm. If it’s possible to get out before or after these times and stay in the AC during the afternoon, try to rearrange your work schedule for the summer. You might be able to spend the morning or evenings working outside while spending the afternoon doing office work or other tasks that you can do indoors.
In most cases, your safety is more important than the job and we want you to remember to take care of yourself during those heat waves. Be sure to remember to know the signs of overheating and when you need to sit down and sip on some water.