Heat exhaustion can be dangerous and heat stroke can be fatal.
The symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke include:
You can take steps to avoid heat stress injuries such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, including:
- Learning the signs and symptoms of heat stress.
- Drinking plenty of water or electrolyte drinks.
- Avoiding heavy work during the hottest parts of the day.
- Slowing down the pace of work and taking more breaks.
- Wearing light-weight, loose-fitting, light-colored, breathable clothing and a hat.
- Taking regular breaks in the shade or in a cool area.
- Avoiding alcoholic beverages or drinks with caffeine before or during work.
- Keeping an eye on co-workers for symptoms of heat stress.
- If you start to feel ill, stop what you’re doing immediately, and take steps to cool down. Tell your supervisor.