#YHSafetyTips - Hydration Safety

Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Jul 05, 2017

Staying hydrated while working during the summer is extremely important. Water removes waste and supplies nutrients in your body. It also helps maintain your body temperature. The water in your body also helps carry heat from your organs so that damage does not occur. We are going to go over some tips to help you and your co-workers stay hydrated this summer.

Signs of Dehydration
-fatigue
-flushed skin
-heat intolerance
-dizzy/lightheaded
-dark urine
-dry coughing
-not urinating in the past 8 hours
-disoriented/confused
-Dry mouth, nose, and eyes
-headache

Tips
-Drink enough water so that you are not thirsty
-The color of your urine helps. If it’s dark – you are dehydrated and need to drink liquids
-You should make sure that what you are drinking contains electrolytes and carbs
-Do not drink any kind of alcohol if you know you will be in the heat the next day, as alcohol dehydrates you
-Eating fruits and veggies help as they contain a lot of water and other important nutrients that help with hydration
-Make sure you are drinking water before, during, and after working in the heat
-If you start to feel dizzy, immediately stop working and go indoors
-Try to work in clothing that is light and breathable
-Listen to your body
-If you are already thirsty, you are already dehydrated

What to do if you are dehydrated
-Stop all activity and go rest
-Stay out of the heat and stay indoors, in a cool area
-Prop up your feet
-Wear light clothing
-Drink water
-If symptoms become severe please go to the hospital to be treated

Staying hydrated is extremely important so that you do not become sick or pass out. You should be drinking water before working in the heat, and during. When you are finished working, make sure you change out of your sweaty clothes into fresh ones, cool off, and drink some more water. In the summer time you should always keep a water bottle with you at all times to stay hydrated. People with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart failure, or kidney disease are more likely to become dehydrated.

If you haven't read last weeks post on Allergy Safety read it here.

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