- Author: Brenda Altman
It's hot outside. You have started a garden project and you want to finish it. Ask yourself if the project is urgent and you need to get it done. Here are some safety tips to consider if you work in the heat.
- Plan your project
- Work in the early morning, late afternoon, or at night if you can.
- Have everything ready when you start so you don't waste your time
- Work in the shade, if possible, you can bring a beach umbrella with you.
- Wear light clothing.
- Sweating helps cool the body. Wear something that sweat will wick away.
- Wear a sun hat. There are cool pack inserts you can put in your hat.
- Stay hydrated.
- Water or some electrolyte drinks are good. Drink often
- Take breaks often, and limit your time outside.
- Cool off entirely before you go back outside.
- Let someone know you will be working outside. Have them call you to check up on you.
- Don't try to finish your project if you get tired.
Think you are getting heat stroke? Here are some symptoms to look out for:
- You have a high body temperature
- You can't sweat
- You can't think clearly, you're dizzy and have light headaches
- You develop a body rash
- You start cramping up
Stop working immediately and get inside to cool down. Monitor your body temperature. Get medical help if symptoms persist.
The project can wait. We all think that we are strong and smart. Listen to your body and work smart.
For further reading:
Heat Stroke Symptoms & Causes-Mayo Clinic
Heat Stroke Symptoms and Treatment-WEB MD