At Davinci's Painting we are very conscientious about the dangers of excessive heat exposure that occur during the summer in Washington DC. While doing paint application in hot weather, our Painters often work in the direct sunlight. Because of this, we’re always careful about our employees’ health while working in high temperatures.
The strain of extreme heat can lead to heat exhaustion or worse, heat stroke.
Here are some easy ways to protect yourself when working or playing outdoors in hot, humid conditions:
- Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and sugar-free beverages, both before and during work or exercise. Our bodies can only absorb about one quart of water per hour; however, we can lose up to 2.5 quarts per hour in extreme heat.
- Clothing made of lightweight material that is loose-fitting will enable the body to adequately perspire and eliminate heat.
- Be aware that certain prescription drugs can modify a person's sensitivity to the heat. Antihistamines, and anti-inflammatory drugs are just some of the things that can increase sensitivity to sunlight or decrease the body’s normal hydration level.
- Other factors that may make a person more susceptible to heat-related illnesses include hypertension, circulatory problems, being considerably overweight. Those who suffer from kidney or liver disease should take special precautions.
- Symptoms vary between heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion can cause a person to feel weak and thirsty. It can also cause extreme thirst and sweating. Heat stroke symptoms, on the other hand, are seen as an absence of sweating, confusion, and dizziness.
If you suspect that you have heat exhaustion or heat stroke, take the following steps immediately:
- Get out of the sun and into air conditioning if possible.
- Remove any clothing that mahy be retaining heat.
- Take a cool bath jump into a pool!
- Drink fluids, including water or diluted sports drinks.
- If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, lie down and elevate your feet.
Prevention of excessive heat is always a good practice. So remember these tips to help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable summer!