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Death to Heat Exhaustion

Updated on September 27, 2015
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Stay Hydrated

If you work outside in the heat, don't let employers tell you when you can and cannot re-hydrate. Before going to sleep, he had been drinking beer with a friend, and complained of a headache. He never woke up. They did an autopsy and found that he died of a heart attack caused by heat exhaustion.

PLEASE, please continue to stay hydrated throughout your work day. It is very important that you replenish the liquid that you are sweating out. I also recommend that before you go to sleep you drink water.

Signs of heat exhaustion

  • Confusion
  • Dark colored urine (which is a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid Heartbeat

Get out of the heat as soon as you experience any of the above symptoms to rest.

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/heat-exhaustion

Wet towel at Lowe's

If you must work outside in the heat, I highly recommend one of the new towel options sold at Lowe's. (I had to get one after I had my seizure August 30, 2013).

They come in a regular towel, or a scarf thing you can wear around your neck or over your face, whatever is your preference. All you have to do is get it wet and flip it, somehow the technology in the towel cools and keeps you cool. Certainly worth the expense of NOT ending up in the hospital.

I find the best place for a cool towel is at the back of your neck (but that could be just me.)

Outdoor employees

I have told many clients that they cannot do a good job for their employer until they take care of themselves first. If they need to drink water or Gatorade, GET A DRINK!! AND DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE. Only you know your body the best.

Also, during the break, eat something salty. You lose some of the salt in your body through your sweat. (At one time, my Neurologist told me to eat more salt because my blood pressure was low. He thought this was causing me to pass out. Just be careful and don't get excessive with it because salt can be just as bad for you.)

WORK SAFE!!!!

P.S. I just sent an email to the Department of Labor, as I have come across another establishment where I have a client at that wants to take water away from their employees. This really isn't safe for anyone.

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