Keeping It Cool


OPTiStock_000016506550_FullHeat Stress and Heat Stroke

As the temperature edges up this summer, it is a good time to know the signs of excessive heat and its potential damage to the body.

There are two types: heat stress and heat stroke. Heat stress is dangerous, but heat stroke is deadly. And both can be prevented: Drink plenty of water and encourage others to do the same. When needed, take breaks to cool off and always time the heaviest workload for the coolest part of the day.

Keeping an eye on each other on the job and know the signs of heat stress: In the case of high pulse rate, extreme sweating, or stumbling – lay the person down flat in a cool area, loosen clothing and give plenty of water.

The signs of heat stroke will be more pronounced: Chills, hot dry skin, red face, erratic behavior or disorientation, and a high temperature (equal to or higher than 104). Treatment should be an aggressive cooling of the person and in the case of shivering, collapse, convulsions or unconsciousness and seek Emergency Care immediately.


Whether you’re working or playing outside in the summer, anyone not accustomed to the heat is at risk for a heat-related illness. Take steps to protect yourself:

  • Wear appropriate clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat
  • Take frequent water breaks
  • Apply sunscreen.
  • Never leave kids or pets unattended in a vehicle


Fourth of July is one of the biggest events of the summer, and not to put a damper on the fun, but it can bring an increase in injuries.

OPTistock-guy-runningIn 2013, eight people died and about 11,400 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 60% of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives. But this is the more sobering statistic: 40 percent were from legal, less powerful devices bought in your community just down the road.

This video (by the NFPA) demonstrates the dangers of Consumer Fireworks.


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