Despite what the calendar says, summer has arrived here in Texas.
Our crews are experienced in working outdoors in all conditions, but with the extreme temperatures we see in this area, it’s even more important to keep safety top of mind to avoid heat-related illnesses.
In honor of National Heat Awareness Day, here are a few key ways our teams stay safe when working outdoors, and they’re great to keep in mind no matter what kind of outdoor activities you have planned – sporting events, landscaping, construction, etc.
- Drink water frequently – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Sports drinks with electrolytes are also a good option.
- Wear light-colored and loose fitting breathable clothing, and avoid synthetic materials wherever possible.
- Use safety glasses with UV protection, sunscreen and hard hats with a brim.
- Take more breaks in extreme heat and humidity, and rest in the shade.
- Look out for others and learn the signs of heat illness. Symptoms can include lethargy/disorientation, lack of responsiveness or slurred speech.