In hot and humid weather, sometimes your body’s natural cooling system isn’t enough. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke pose a very real threat to outdoor workers. Follow these simple steps to keep yourself cool and safe:

·       Wear loose, light-colored clothing and some type of hat

·       Be conscious of warm conditions, especially if performing strenuous tasks

·       Take breaks in the shade when possible, and remove any protective gear you may be wearing

·       Avoid overexertion during peak temperature hours, especially midday

·       Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty- at least 8 ounces every 20 to 30 minutes

·       Stay away from drinks that contain caffeine (such as coffee, tea or soda) as they can dehydrate you