Pasco County’s Safety Team put together some pointers to help people stay cool – whether they are on the job for the county, or for anyone who is outside mowing the lawn, tending their garden, exercising or exerting themselves in other ways during this sweltering summer.
In a county news release, the safety team says the keys to staying safe are keeping cool, staying hydrated and getting rest.
Keep Cool: Dress for the heat. Wear a hat and light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing when possible. Add a hat with neck shade, cooling neckband, headband, and vest. You can even use a portable neck fan.
Apply a sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply the sunscreen every couple of hours.
Stay hydrated: Drink cool water or a hydrating drink often, even if you are not thirsty. Limit caffeine, sugary beverages and alcohol. These beverages cause your body to remove fluids at a much quicker rate, leading to dehydration. Instead, drink an electrolyte replenishment liquid.
Take breaks: Take time to recover from the heat with periodic breaks. Take breaks in a designated shady or cool location.
Published August 23, 2023