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Summer Heat- How to protect Ourselves, our Workers, and Home

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

The human body is programmed to cool itself down when it gets too hot, usually by sweating.

However, severe heat conditions can cause body temperatures to rise to dangerous levels. Without drinking enough water or resting in the shade, heat exhaustion or heat stroke may occur.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Sweaty skin
  • Weakness
  • Cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Signs of Heat Stroke include:

  • Red, hot, dry skin
  • High temperature
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Fainting
  • Prepare Yourself Before Going Outside

  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
  • Be sure to apply sunscreen
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake on those days.
  • Be aware and pay attention to signs of Heat exhaustion
  • If possible, limit your time outside on extremely hot days and stay indoors in the air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Staying hydrated will help you from experiencing heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life- threatening. Signs of heat stroke are high body temperature (103+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness.

    Car Safety is also important for your family and pets:

  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles! Heat can rise in a car, up to 20 degrees in just 10 minutes! 
  • Even with the windows rolled down, only minutes in a hot car can be deadly for your pet! NEVER leave your pets in the car!
  • If you see a kid in a hot car- act fast! You could save a life!
  • Heat related deaths ARE preventable! Look before you lock!
  • Source from Ready.Gov

    Preparing our Workers

    OSHA requires that employers provide workplaces free of any known safety hazards, and this includes protecting them from extreme heat. Here are some tips for establishing a heat illness prevention program:

  • Make sure workers are provided with enough water, rest and shade.
  • Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
  • Train workers on signs and prevention of heat illness, and to keep an eye on fellow workers.
  • Consistently drink water every 15 minutes.
  • In order to cool down, find time to rest in shady areas.
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  • If a worker becomes ill, a supervisor should be called immediately, followed by 911 if applicable. Make sure that someone is with the ill worker at all times until help arrives.

    This issue hits home for us, since SERVPRO of West Riverside City, technicians are constantly outdoors in the Inland Empire heat. Their safety and well-being is a priority at SERVPRO.

    For more information, please visit: OSHA

    Prepare Your Home

  • Install windows air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapers), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
  • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cold air in. This can also help keep your electrical bill down in the summer months.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awning or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
  • SERVPRO of West Riverside City specializes in fire, water, and mold remediation. Our highly trained technicians are restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your home quickly and safely. We service the residents of Riverside county and surrounding counties. Contact our office staff if you have any questions about water or mold damage in your home or business area. Schedule a FREE Assessment at 951-351-8033

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