Heat advisory issued for area; safety tips for working in the heat
On these long, hot summer days, the dangers of working outside increases. Knowing how to work safely in hot weather can help prevent injuries and heat stroke. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder and occurs when the body can no longer control its temperature. The body temperature can rise to 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes and heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Other heat-related disorders include heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash.
Heat Illness: Symptoms and Prevention of Heat-Related Disorders
Heat stroke occurs when the body no longer sweats and body temperature reaches dangerous levels. Symptoms include:
· Dry, hot reddish skin and lack of sweating
· High body temperature
· Strong, rapid pulse
· Slurred speech
Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to the loss of water and salt, typically through sweating. Symptoms include:
· Muscle pain usually in the abdomen, arm or legs.
· Muscle spasms usually in the abdomen, arm or legs.
Heat Rash is an irritation of the skin caused by excessive sweating. Symptoms include:· Red cluster of pimples or small blisters usually on the neck and upper chest, groin area, under breasts and in elbow creases.