Outdoor workers are more likely to become dehydrated and have heat-related illnesses, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC recommends that people working in extreme heat:
- Drink water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
- Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.
- Wear and reapply sunscreen.
- If possible, work earlier or later in the day to avoid midday heat.
- Wear a brimmed hat and loose, light clothing.
- Learn how to spot heat-related illness.
If you feel faint or weak, stop working and get to a cool place.