CSRA (WFXG) - Working outdoors can be rough on an employee's body, but extreme heat can make work more unbearable. So, here are some safety tips to protect workers during hot long summer days.
First, remember to stay hydrated. A big mistake that many folks make is they wait until they are thirsty to drink water. Instead, always keep a water bottle handy and drink frequently. It is important to limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol consumption because it can increase dehydration. Also, choose meals that help work performance, like leafy greens, fresh fruits, and nuts. These foods will help replenish electrolytes that are lost through sweating. Richard Dey at Evans Exterior Solutions says there is one line that he tells his workers often so that they remember.
"You know, I tell them to get a good nights rest, stay hydrated, dress light, and basically get an early start, and pray before you go to work every day.", says Dey.
The average roof repair worker can work on average eight to ten hours a day. Dey says its important that they take the necessary steps to prepare themselves for the shift.
Another tip is to work smarter not harder. Start by checking your forecast daily, of course, FOX 54's Meteorologist Jay Jefferies has you covered on weather temperatures. When it comes to the most physically demanding task of the day, save it for the coolest parts of the day. During the hottest hours, try sharing the workload with others, and take work-rest cycles, meaning creating a work and rest repetition that gives the body a break. Finally, make sure to wear sunscreen with the highest possible level of UV protection.
"You know we get an early start to try to beat the heat. Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated, eat a little bit during the day, try to take off early, get a good nights' rest and try to take off early the next day," explains Dey.
Along with dressing light, consider light-colored and loose-fitting clothes, and wear a hat or sunglasses to keep the sun out of the eyes.