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Beat the Heat

Be Prepared To React To A Heat Related Illness


 How You Can Protect Yourself and Others

  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat illness
  • Monitor yourself
  • Use a buddy system
  • Block out direct sun and other heat sources
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Drink often and before you are thirsty
  • Drink water every 15 minutes
  • Avoid beverages containing alcohol and/or caffeine
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothes

What To Do When A Worker Is Ill From The Heat

  • Call a supervisor for help
  • If the supervisor is not available, call 911
  • Have someone stay with the worker until help arrives
  • Move the worker to a cooler/shaded area
  • Remove the outer clothing
  • Fan and mist the worker with water
  • Apply ice to groin and under arms
  • Provide cool drinking water


If a worker is not alert or seems confused

This could be a heat stroke. Call 911 immediately and apply ice to the groin area and underarms as soon as possible.