Scorching heat can be deadly, so it’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion, stay cool, and take preventative measures. The risk of Heat Exhaustion is more prevalent when the relative humidity is over 60% or temperatures are 90 degrees or above, that’s 32 degrees for us Canadians.
Many companies, Len Dubois included, want drivers to reduce their idle times, but when your in extreme heat get that air conditioner running. Your safety and well being takes top priority over idle times. Where truck drivers need to be aware of heat exhaustion is in the trailer. When it’s 90 degrees outside and you’re stuck in a trailer unloading freight it’s important to take preventative measures against and know the signs of heat exhaustion.
Truck Drivers Should Take Preventative Measures Against Heat Exhaustion
The best way to avoid Heat Exhaustion is to take some preventative measures, especially if you’re going to be outside for prolonged periods, or it’s just so hot that not even the air conditioner can keep up with the heat.
- Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Drink plenty of non caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Keep a cool wet towel in your fridge and wrap it around your neck to help cool you off.
Truck Drivers Should Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion can quickly turn into a heat stroke, which can cause permanent brain damage, so it’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion Include:
- Muscle cramps
- Pale Skin
- Profuse Sweating
- Rapid Heartbeat
Take Immediate Action if You Exhibit Signs of Heat Exhaustion
If you begin to show any of the above symptoms it’s time to take action. Treatment for Heat Exhaustion include:
- Drink plenty of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
- Take a cool shower or bath.
- Use fans, or seek out some air conditioning.
- Apply ice packs or cool towels to your body.
If cooling measures fail to provide relief, seek medical attention immediately.
Remember, it’s one thing to travel to Texas during December and phone home while slipping a Slurpee just to brag about the nice weather, but it’s a completely different thing to head down there in the summer months. There isn’t much bragging going on when you feel like you’re about the melt.
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