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Heat Safety Tips

Ways to prevent dehydration when the temperatures are high and there's no shade available while working on an outdoor project.

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For some outdoor DIY projects, the temperature and access to shade for relief from the beating sun can cause serious heat related problems. In such work conditions, it's critical to avoid dehydration. Here are some suggestions:

  • Drink lots of water and sports drinks. Avoid extremely sugary or caffeinated drinks because these have a tendency to cause cramps and don't re-hydrate the body well.

  • Wear sunscreen at all times. Use a hat to provide some shade for the face and neck. Sunglasses serve two purposes: eye protection and UV blockers.

  • Listen to the body. Take frequent breaks in the heat of the day and get out of the sun when possible.

  • Set up a tent or canopy to create shade when none is provided naturally by the surroundings.

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