Heat Safety

Extremely high temperatures are expected throughout Wisconsin today, which can be dangerous.  Being exposed to extreme heat can result in heat stress, which can then lead to heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rashes.

Working in extreme heat, with jobs such as construction or landscaping, can be even more dangerous.  Exposure to heat for long durations of time can result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness.  These factors can increase the risk of injuries, so it is vital that business owners watch out for and protect their workers with Wisconsin workers compensation.

Heat stress can be avoided by doing your best to stay cool.  Here are a few quick tips you can use to keep your cool:

  1. Do strenuous work during the coolest parts of the day.
  2. Take regular breaks and add more breaks in heat and humidity.
  3. Drink LOTS of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.  Try to drink one cup every 15-20 minutes.
  4. Do not drink alcohol or drinks with lots of caffeine and/or sugar.
  5. Wear loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabric, such as cotton.

Extreme heat is dangerous for everyone, even those who do not have to work in it.  Be safe and check in on friends and neighbors to make sure they are staying cool.

How do you stay cool on hot days like today?


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