Tips to beat the summer heat!

Ways to stay cool when temperatures rise

When summer heats up and farmworkers are exposed to long days of working at high temperatures, it’s very easy to become dehydrated. When our bodies lose too much water, we are no longer able to cool down by sweating, and our bodies get overheated. Dehydrated workers can become disoriented, weak or dizzy, and may suffer a heatrelated illness if they do not get help quickly. These tips can help you beat the heat this summer!

1. Drink lots of water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty! It is better to drink small amounts of water frequently - before, during and after work - rather than drinking large amounts less often. Field workers need to drink plenty of water when they are working hard, more if it is hot and muggy.

2. Wear the right clothing. Wear light-colored, cotton clothing to help keep you cool. Avoid darker colors and heavier fabrics that absorb the sun’s rays and trap heat. A wide-brimmed hat and Z87 sunglasses can also help you stay cool.

3. Take breaks in the shade. When it’s hot out, you need to rest more often to avoid getting sick from the heat. Take short breaks in a cool, shaded area and drink some water.

4. Work smart. Don’t overdo it during the hottest time of the day. Instead, schedule heavier tasks for early morning or late afternoon when it’s cooler.

5. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks. They can dehydrate you more.

Remember, taking care of yourself, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and eating well can keep your body in good shape and help you stay healthy and strong while working. 

Take care and stay safe this summer!

New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health

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