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National Heat Awareness Day Is May 27th

May 23, 2022

National Heat Awareness Day was founded by the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) and the National Weather Service in order to spread awareness about the dangers of heat related illnesses. In a study conducted in 2019, it was determined that there were roughly 350,000+ deaths related to heat, which can be prevented given attention to the body’s needs in these extreme conditions. Some helpful hints to beating the heat this season are as follows:

  1. Stay Hydrated – Drinking water in extreme temperatures seems common sense, but when physical activity is added into the mix the body requires more water than the recommended 90-124 fl oz/day.

  2. Wear Light Clothing – Do your best to stay away from wearing thick, darker colored clothing while outside on hotter days. Wearing breathable clothing that is loose fitting and lightweight will help keep your body temperature at a more manageable level.

  3. Avoid Peak Hours of the Day – Try to stay out of direct sunlight during peak hours of the day as the temperatures tend to rise in the middle of the day.

  4. Wear Sunscreen – Not only is it important to protect your body against the demands of increased heat, but protecting your skin against the sun’s rays is just as important!

  5. Limit Activity – No, this does not mean do not exercise or work outside…this is a chance to adjust your schedule to complete the outdoors work either earlier in the mornings, or later in the evenings while limiting your outdoors activity during peak hours of the day.

As always, be safe, smart and listen to your body. Take frequent breaks throughout your outdoor work and recreational activities, and remember to stay adequately hydrated while doing so!

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Posted in Outdoors on May 23, 2022