Be safe during extreme hot weather

The Fermilab Fire Department would like to remind everyone of some safety tips during this upcoming extreme hot weather, with temperature indexes of over 100 degrees:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, about 5 to 7 ounces every 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks can hurt more than help.
  • Wear protective clothing. Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing helps protect against heat. Change your clothing if it gets completely saturated.
  • Pace yourself. Slow down and work at an even pace. Know your own limits and ability to work safely in heat.
  • Schedule frequent breaks. Take time for rest periods and water breaks in a shaded or air conditioned area.
  • Use a damp rag. You can wipe your face or put it around your neck.
  • Avoid getting sunburn. Use sunscreen, and wear a hat if working outside.
  • Avoid direct sun. Find shade or block out the sun if possible.
  • Eat smaller meals. Eat fruits high in fiber and natural juice. Avoid high protein foods.

Do not hesitate to call x3131 if feeling ill or in need of medical assistance.