Don’t forget your water while you work! Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, and confusion.
Here are some of OSHA’s prevention tips for staying safe in extreme heat:
- Drink plenty of water (the recommendation is two cups before starting work, and then 8oz cup every 20 minutes)
- Don’t wait until you’re really thirsty to drink - dehydration can occur before then!
- Cool water works best because it tastes best and you will be inclined to drink more
- Sports drinks with electrolytes are another great option, especially when working longer jobs