Don't Let Heat Knock You off Your Feet

From power outages due to heat waves to buckling pavement, rising temperatures can cause serious damage. Even as the summer months heat up, professional tradespeople remain committed to the job. Working through extreme heat, however, sparks a challenge of its own.

Some professionals, including seasoned pros and first-day apprentices, do not realize the severity of excessive heat. Although relatable hazards are preventable, many fail to recognize the early signs of heat exhaustion or stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in fact, says heat is one of the deadliest weather-related health outcomes with more than 600 fatal incidents in the United States every year.

No matter your profession, do not let the heat knock you off your feet. Remember the following five tips to stay cool through the summer on and off the job.

Staying cool is vital when completing demanding work through the hot summer months. Klein Tools’ jobsite accessories, including the Tradesman Pro™ Coolers and Cooling Towels or Bandana, help fight the heat to keep tradespeople safe and hydrated.

  1. Chill out. When time allows, rest in the shade or air conditioning. To keep your house or jobsite cool block out as much sun as possible, closing windows and curtains where necessary. If you cannot get to air conditioning, try to increase air circulation with a fan or open window to catch a breeze.
  2. Optimize every hour. Try to plan your outdoor activities in the morning before the day reaches its hottest point. If you are doing strenuous work, try to complete it in cooler weather. If you are caught working through the heat, however, try grabbing a Klein Tools Cooling Towel or Bandana to help reduce and manage heat stress.
  3. Watch what you wear. Wear light-weight and light-colored clothing. Always wear sunscreen on exposed skin and try to avoid staying in direct sunlight for long durations.
  4. Drink up. If you are working outside, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that you drink about four cups of water every hour … even if you do not feel thirsty. Klein Tools’ Tradesman Pro™ Coolers offer the storage needed, ranging from 9 to 48 quarts, to stay hydrated anywhere from the jobsite to poolside. The newest Tough Box 48-Quart Cooler can store up to 72 cans or 40 bottles – perfect for keeping your whole crew well hydrated.
  5. Know the signs. It is imperative to know what to look for to prevent heat exhaustion or stroke. The sun can cause damage quickly, overheating up to 106 degrees in as short as 10 to 15 minutes. Look out for yourself as well as your brothers and sisters on the job. Take action if you experience or notice the following symptoms: heavy sweating, cramps, fatigue, headache, nausea/vomiting, fainting, increased heart rate and breathing or hot, red and dry skin.

Through snowstorms and summer sunshine, professional tradespeople are called to the job to keep our communities up and running. How do you withstand harsh jobsite conditions, including extreme weather? Share your tips with us on social media.