1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Make sure you bring plenty of water with you to the job and keep refilling throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, keep topping up every 15-20 minutes. While working on site, in this weather, you’re going to sweat more than usual – stay hydrated.
2. Lay off the Caffeine
Nobody wants to be told not to have their morning cup of coffee, especially given the boost it can give to your day. But while it’s hot, keep any caffeinated drinks to a minimum – it causes dehydration. We would recommend avoid over-doing it.
3. Keep Your Clothes On
Protect yourself from the sun and avoid heatstroke. Wear something loose-fitting, light-coloured and breathable to help keep your body temperature healthy.
4. Sun Cream
You’re dressed for the weather – but do make sure you protect exposed skin from the sun – layer on the sun cream. Especially those areas most prone to sunburn, your ears, nose and back of your head.
5. Work in the Shade – if you can
When you can, work in the shade. Try to arrange that you rotate with your team so that everybody gets a chance to take a break from working in direct sun.
6. Be Aware of Warning Signs
Be aware of either yourself or someone else suffering from the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you suspect it, get out of the heat and seek medical advice.