July 25, 2018 Kym Graves

Blog – Beating the Heat!!!

Floridians are no strangers to extreme heat, especially if you have to work in it. Extension crews do their best to make sure they stay hydrated in extreme working conditions. They maintain an aid tent supplied with coolers filled with bottles of water so they don’t over-heat themselves on the job site. Extreme heat can be dangerous causing heat cramps and heat exhaustion. In rare cases, heat can even be deadly. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s regulatory system fails and body temperature rises too high and can cause brain damage or death. If you’re working outside in extreme heat, make sure you wear loose-fitting clothing, take frequent breaks in a cool rest area and drink plenty of fluids (a cup of water every 20 minutes or so under extremely hot weather conditions).

 

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