Heat Stress Isn’t Cool
What is heat stress?
When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, several heat-induced illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke can occur.
Signs of heat stress include:
- Excessive sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
- Headache, fatigue, muscle or abdominal cramps
- Dizziness and nausea
Good practices to prevent heat stress include:
- Frequent work breaks an area that is cooler than the work environment
- Drink extra fluids to prevent dehydration. Heat-related illness also can result from salt depletion, it may be advisable to substitute an electrolyte-rich sports drink for water during periods of extreme heat and humidity
- Avoid caffeine which can result in dehydration