The human body functions effectively at 98.6-degree Fahrenheit. When we are in climates that exceed healthy average body operating temperatures we start to sweat. Sweat is the body’s way of aiding in the cool down process. If humidity levels are low enough our sweat evaporates and our body regulates. If humidity is high our body fights to maintain a stable working temperature. In most causes storing access heat which will cause dangerous working conditions for our body.
Signs of dehydration:
- Dark or non-existent urine
- Dry mouth
- Sleeplessness and fatigue
- Extreme thirst
- Light headed
- Dry eyes or inability to tear
If temperatures are less than 91-degrees Fahrenheit basic heat safety and planning is necessary. Outdoor working conditions greater than 91-degrees Fahrenheit are means to heighten awareness by focusing on hydrating regularly. It is recommended for every 20 minutes you are working in high temperatures to drink a minimum of one cup of water. Your body cannot function appropriately without water. Consider wearing loose clothes when working in temperatures above 91-degrees Fahrenheit by osmosis this will aid in easier evaporation of sweat from the skin.If you find yourself hungry, you may want to consider hydrating foods after a heated work session. You may find hydration in foods like: watermelon, pineapple, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, kiwi, carrots and many more. It may be tempting to crack a beer or mix a fancy adult beverage to get through, however, it is not recommended to sip alcoholic beverages in heated conditions. To ensure your safety in high temperature working conditions WATER, WATER, WATER. Stay safe!