How to stay cool when working outside in the heat

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As some people are trying to avoid the heat by staying indoors, others have to work in it.  Roofers, in particular, have to work in the heat, even when temperatures rise up to 90 degrees.

One roofer, Andy Vinca, Owner of Angelo’s Roofing, tells us that when it’s extremely hot, his employees take longer breaks and stay hydrated.  They also avoid wearing darker colors in an effort to stay cool.

“We can’t stop working because the work is seasonal,” he tells us.  “And, obviously, you can’t do this in the winter time, but if it gets really hot; we do cut the days shorter.”

Harvard health says:

When the temperature outside is especially high:

  • Drink lots of water throughout the day.
  • Stay indoors in an air-conditioned area whenever you feel too warm.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, preferably with a loose-weave material that lets air get to your skin.
  • Avoid strenuous activity in the hottest part of the day (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). If you must participate, take frequent breaks, limit the time that you wear a helmet by taking it off between activities, and avoid wearing heavy uniforms or equipment.
  • Drink less caffeine and alcohol, which can contribute to dehydration.
  • If you begin to feel tired, dizzy or nauseated, or if you develop a headache, get out of the heat immediately. Seek out an air-conditioned building. Drink water. If possible, take a cool shower or bath or use a hose to soak yourself.

For more tips from Harvard health, click here.

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