It’s the Summer and it’s the roll of the dice … storms or fun in the sun.
When it’s hot it does seem to get really HOT! now. This also means that you need to be proactive to protect yourself and staff from the sun and hot weather.
MyTeamSafe wants to help you be more aware of the risks of getting too hot and some simple wellbeing tips to keep you safe so you can really enjoy this time of year.
Most Harmful Effects Of The Sun
This is the body’s response to excessive loss of water and salt.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- Heavy sweating
- Elevated body temperature
- Decreased urine output
The St John’s Ambulance has a great page on this.
Heatstroke can be life-threatening. Heat exhaustion can quickly lead to Heat Stroke if it isn’t treated quickly. Often Heatstroke can happen when your brain stops being able to regulate your body temperature and you are too dehydrated to be able to sweat.
Symptoms of heatstroke include:
- Confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness (coma)
- Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
Sabrina Barr wrote a nice article in The Independent a while back;
The NHS UK website has some great information. www.nhs.uk/conditions/heat-exhaustion-heatstroke/
The most common heat-related illness is sunburn. Some people can burn in minutes but the symptoms may only appear after many hours.
The NHS website defines the general symptoms of sunburn as;
- Flu-like symptoms, such as nausea, fever, chills or headache
Again the St John’s Ambulance website is a great point of reference.
Although most of us need to take simple precautions in the sun it’s also worth noting the more serious side of skin damage that can lead to different types of skin cancer, according to the British Skin Foundation;