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Stay Safe When Working in the Heat
When heat and humidity combine to reduce the amount of evaporation or sweat from the body, outdoor work can become dangerous even for those in good shape. The key rules for coping with heat are to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and slow down and cool off when experiencing fatigue, a headache, a high pulse rate, or shallow breathing. Overheating can cause serious, even life-threatening conditions such as heatstroke. Look out for these symptoms of heat illness:
• Heat cramps. Working in hot weather can lead to muscle cramps, especially in the legs because of brief imbalances in body salts. Cramps become less frequent as a person becomes used to the heat.
• Heat syncope or fainting. Anyone not used to working in the heat can experience a quick drop in blood pressure that can lead to fainting. As with heat cramps, the best approach is to take it easy.
• Heat exhaustion. Losing fluid and salt through perspiration or replacing them in an imbalanced way can lead to dizziness and weakness. Body temperature might rise, but shouldn't exceed 102 degrees. The best defense is to take it easy and drink plenty of water. Don't take salt tablets without consulting a physician.
• Heatstroke. In some cases extreme heat can upset the body's thermostat, causing body temperature to rise to 105 degrees or higher. Symptoms are lethargy, confusion, and unconsciousness. Even a suspicion that someone might be suffering from heatstroke requires immediate medical aid as heatstroke can be fatal.