Working Outside? How to Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

If you’re doing any work outside, the summer heat in Las Vegas, Nevada, can be devastating. Temperatures can reach the high double digits, which is high enough to cause sunstroke, sunburn and heat exhaustion. Staying safe in summer heat is essential, whether you’re working as part of your job or as part of home renovations. Here’s how you can stay safe while working outside in the summer heat:

1) Avoid the hottest parts of the day if you can.

Check the weather forecast to be sure, but in general, most areas will be hottest during the hours between 10 am and 3 pm. During this time, the sun will be at its peak and UV rays will be highest. If you have an option, work earlier in the day or later in the day, when the sun is lower in the sky.

2) Dress for success.

Wear light-colored, thin fabrics that allow your skin to breathe. Wear clothing that allows for easy mobility and keeps you cool. Even though long sleeves may not seem very appealing, a thin shirt with long sleeves can offer you added protection from the sun. Wear a hat, too, as well as sunglasses, to protect you from the sun.

3) Stay hydrated.

Bring plenty of water or a sports drink and drink frequently throughout the day. If you’re working outside in the sun, you may become dehydrated very easily, and this can exacerbate symptoms of stroke and exhaustion. Sip frequently throughout your work day to stay hydrated.

4) Try to work in the shade.

The shade will protect you from the sun, as well as from the sun’s glare and UV rays. Even if you can only work in the shade part of the time, try to do so.

5) Take frequent breaks.

Outdoor work in summer heat is especially dangerous if you overdo it. Working in the summer and in the sun is more dangerous, potentially, than working on a cloudy day or on a cooler day. You will get overworked more easily. Try to shorten your workday and head indoors when you can.

6) Use sunscreen.

Serious sunburns can cause your skin to peel painfully. They can also increase your risk of skin cancer. To prevent burns, wear a sunscreen with a high SPF. Use at least a shot glass or more to cover each part of your body and cover all exposed areas thoroughly. Reapply sunscreen often, especially if you’re working and sweating in the sun. Even waterproof formulas will rub off and wear off with time, so reapply regularly.

7) Be alert to the signs you are getting too much sun.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, you need to get out of the sun:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps or weakness
  • Dry, hot and red skin
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • Seizures and unconsciousness
  • Parched, dry mouth
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Lack of sweating

Retreat inside and get immediate medical attention. These may be signs of sunstroke or heat stroke.

Of course, if you’re trying to complete a project at home, it may be relatively easy for you to get inside and into the shade. But what happens if you’re out working and your employer insists on you staying outside until you’re at risk? You may have a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim in Las Vegas or Nevada if your employer’s actions have led to an injury from the sun.

To find out what options you have, contact Dallas Horton & Associates after your injury. Our attorneys have more than 70 years of combined experience helping Nevada plaintiffs get justice. We’d be pleased to meet with you in a consultation.

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