Almost every week H.I.S. Painting holds an in-house safety meeting where all employees come to the office and learn about something prepared by our Training Coordinator, Karen. This week the All Hands Safety Meeting was about Heat Stress because the average summer day in Florida is over 100 degrees, and we do most of our work outside in the heat! Each person received a bottle of water and was taught by our Safety Coordinator, Harry, the signs and symptoms of everything heat-stress related. The following information was taken from associatedcontent.com, and composed by Karen.
Heat Exhaustion comes from dehydration and can lead to the potentially fatal heat stroke. When you get too hot the body’s reaction is to sweat for temperature control. Not replenishing these lost fluids properly can lead to more extreme heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.Symptoms of Heat EXHAUSTION:
thirst, nausea, vomiting, pale moist cool skin, rapid breathing, panting, weakness, lightheaded, headache, profuse sweating, muscle cramps, pupils are big.
Heat Stroke is where the body’s ability to cool itself by sweating is shut down. All temperature control is removed and the body overheats. Much like a car overheating the body can not work properly without a proper cooling system. Heat stroke can be fatal, and can make its sufferer slip into a coma if not treated speedily.Symptoms of Heat STROKE:
Fever, irritability, dry hot red skin, confusion, not sweating, fainting, rapid but shallow breathing, rapid but weak pulse, seizures, pupils are small
To avoid heat stress drink water in small amounts often, like a cup every 15 to 20 minutes, eat regular meals and snacks, and rest under some shade. If someone shows signs of a heat related health problem give them water to drink in the shade, wet the person’s clothing and body and call 911.
Heat related health problems can lead to brain or liver damage and death.