As a construction company located in Hamilton, we have many projects that require us to work outside and the extreme heat we are having these days can hurt our business and most importantly, our workers.
So how do we stay cool?
1. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Although this should be a thing we shouldn't even have to mention, sometimes people forget to drink water when they're so focused on the work that needs to get done. Set an alarm for every 1 hour and remind everyone that they need to have a glass of water.
2. EAT SMALLER MEALS
When working outside, sometimes it's hard to take breaks more often to eat but during hot summer days, multiple breaks are required.
So try to separate your lunch into smaller portions and eat less at one time. When you eat large portions, your body warms up and you are more likely to have a heat stroke.
3. WEAR COTTON
Wear clothes that allow the sweat to properly pass through, shirts that contain polyester or silk can cause more trouble than good so try to stick with the good old cotton.
4. WASH YOUR WRISTS
This simple trick, can cool down your body temperature at a faster rate than the simple act of washing your face. When you let cold water run over your wrists, your blood is very close to the surface and cools down fast; this will allow your cold blood to travel through your body therefore cooling it down much faster.
5. AVOID CAFFEINE
When working sometimes we get so tired, we feel the need to drink coffee but during those hot summer days, it's recommended that you stay away from it as it can cause your body to dehydrate much faster.
6. AVOID THE HEAT
When it comes to our workers, it is very important that everyone is safe and healthy. In days with extreme heat, the people are more important than our jobs. Find jobs that require some work indoors and avoid the outdoors at peak hours. If you need to get work done, do so during early mornings or evenings.
As a construction company, we don't recommend to anyone that you work in extreme heat.
Take care of yourself, take care of your people and stay indoors!