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Stay Safe in the Heat

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As we conclude National Safety Month, Inframark wants to emphasize the importance of heat safety. With summer temperatures on the rise, it’s crucial for our employees and the communities we serve to prioritize their well-being. At Inframark, the safety of our people and communities is our top priority, and we encourage everyone to stay vigilant and take the necessary precautions to beat the heat. Let’s work together to ensure a safe and healthy summer for all. Here are some guidelines to help you stay safe this summer:

Pace Yourself

If you are not used to working or exercising in hot weather, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. Take frequent, regularly scheduled breaks. If activity in the heat makes your heart pound or leaves you gasping for breath, stop activity, get into a cool or shady area, and rest. Especially if you become lightheaded, confused, or feel weak.

Wear Light Clothing and Sunscreen

Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Also consider a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your skin and keep your head cool. If you will be in the direct sun, use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and follow package directions. Generally, it’s best to reapply every 2 hours while in the sun. Look for sunscreen that say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels-these products work best.

Stay Hydrated

• Plenty of Fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

• Ask Your Doctor: If your doctor limits the amount you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

• Avoid Sugary Drinks: These beverages can cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.

• At home: Remember your kids and pets need more fluids, too!

Replace Salt and Minerals

Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. But be careful. If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.

Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully

If working outdoors, rest often in a shady area or take a break indoors. Try to avoid being out during the hottest part of the day, the late afternoon. At home, if you must be out in the heat, plan your activities so that you are outdoors either before noon or in the evening. And remember, never leave kids or pets in a parked car, even if you’ll “be right back.”

Stay Indoors When Possible

The best way to beat the heat is to stay in or take breaks in an air-conditioned area if possible.

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