It’s no secret that warehouses can get hot during the brutal summer months, but the work must go on. The risks of working in the heat range from simple dehydration to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Heat-related illnesses can be dangerous, so it’s important to stay cool.
Here are 4 ways to make that happen this summer.
Your body cools itself by sweating, which means you lose both fluids and electrolytes a lot faster in the heat. One of the easiest ways to stay both safe and comfortable is to increase your fluid intake. Plain water works well, but you should supplement with some salty snacks throughout the day to replace your electrolytes. Or choose an electrolyte-balancing sports drink instead. If you have access to a refrigerator or a cooler, drinking ice cold fluids will also bring down your body temperature more rapidly. It’s okay to drink small quantities of caffeine-containing beverages such as tea or soda, but don’t drink them exclusively.
Use a Fan
Fans cool people, not rooms, but they can be surprisingly effective in helping you stay cool on a hot day. A fan replaces the sticky hot air directly around you with a cooler breeze, helping sweat evaporate and making you feel less miserable. A few strategically placed industrial fans can help airflow through the entire warehouse, especially if the doors are open. But even a small personal fan will help. You might even choose one with a misting option to spritz yourself with cool water periodically.
Wear Loose Fitting Clothes
Loose-fitting, light-colored clothing reflects heat rather than absorbing it, while allowing air to circulate around your body. You might even choose long sleeves and long pants in a light, breathable fabric. This can not only help you feel cooler but also help protect your skin against the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen, though.
Working hard in the heat can further increase your body temperature, so be sure to take plenty of breaks. Sit in air conditioning during your break if possible, or at least in front of a fan. If neither is an option, try to find a bit of shade outside. Rest breaks are the perfect time to hydrate, eat a salty snack, and give your body the chance to return to normal.