Tips for countering heat stress

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  • By Master Sgt. Joe Klimaski
  • 445th Airlift Wing Occupational Safety & Health

Summer is right around the corner, officially starting June 20, and it’s all but guaranteed that we’re going to see regular 90-plus degree days well into September.

If you’re going to be enjoying the Ohio sunshine, whether it be catching a baseball game or working outdoors, it’s important to know when you’re at risk for heat injury and how to protect yourself.

Needless to say, working in extreme heat and humidity, do­ing outdoor physical labor, and not consuming enough water, places you at high risk for heat injury during the summer months.

So what should you do to protect yourself during hot and humid weather conditions?

First, dress for the conditions. Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.

Next, drink water and take frequent breaks.

During normal weather con­ditions, a typical person should consume around 100 ounces of fluids each day (not including alcohol or caffeine).

During hot conditions, how­ever, it’s suggested that a per­son consume water every 15 minutes, so fluid consumption will drastically increase.

Last but not least, when working or playing outside dur­ing the summer months, take frequent and regular breaks.

Find a shaded, cool or air-conditioned area to get out of the heat and humidity to rest and recover.

While summer may arguably be the most enjoyable season of the year, know the risks when outdoors, and plan ahead to counter those risks.

For more information, contact the 445th Airlift Wing Safety Office at (937) 257-5767.