Staying Safe While Working In The Heat


May, 2018

This summer is gearing up to be a warm one, but that doesn’t mean our exterior projects should be put on hold. Working outside in the summer time can be uncomfortable and aggravating, but depending on the conditions it can start to become unsafe. It’s important to understand how to stay cool when working in the heat and the dangers you face if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken.

construction worker building roof working in the heat of the sun

Effects of working outside

Working outside is inevitable throughout the summer. It’s important to maintain your garden, the exterior to your home, and keep your family entertained with plenty of outdoor projects. Unfortunately, thanks to high temperatures, radiant heat sources, high humidity, and strenuous activity, many people are at risk of heat stress. By being exposed to these extreme outdoor conditions, heat stroke, over exertion, dehydration, and heat rash are all likely yet avoidable heat-related illnesses. Also, working outside increases likelihood of sunburns, which can worsen the effects of these other illnesses.

Best time for outdoor projects

The best time of the day to work on outdoor projects is before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. After the peak hours of the sun, the negative effects of the heat are lessened and the impact of overheating is likely less severe. Even though the sun may be out prior to or after these times, it’s not projecting as much heat so you can rest easy knowing you’re operating in the coolest times of the day. In addition the cooler temperatures at these times, you’re also less likely to get a nasty sunburn. While you should still protect your skin any time you’re in the sun, the rays are not at their most intense before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

How to stay cool when working outside

Always protect your skin when working outside. Wear protective hats to hide your face, utilize proper amounts of sunscreen, and, when you’re able, completely shield yourself from the sun using as with umbrellas or protective clothing. You’ll not only stay cool by exposing yourself to minimal amounts of sun-rays, but also prevent sunburns which increase body temperature and risk of fever.

two engineers staying hydrated after working in the heat

Stay hydrated when working outside by consuming plenty of water and refraining from dehydrating beverages (save your diet coke or cold brew for after your landscaping project!) Consuming enough water before, during, and after your outdoor activities helps ward off the risks of heat-related illnesses, and can provide long term health benefits.

If you habitually work outside, consider more advanced methods of staying cool in the heat, such as installing a misting system or scheduling your projects around the shade schedule. While these tactics may seem extreme, they’ll save you plenty frustration in the future by providing you with a cool and relaxing outdoor experience.

Enlist exterior help

If your exterior update to-do list seems never ending, it might be best to call in the professionals to help you with your outside work. J-Tech Construction has years of experience working in the hot conditions, and we’re happy to tackle that list so you can enjoy your summer by having fun! Visit our website or give us a call to kickstart your projects with a free consultation today.

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