Summers in the United States are hot, and the heat is spilling over into spring and fall as well. These days, it seems like there is always a heat wave drying up the lawns in one part of the country or another. Though sunny days are good for the warm-weather recreation we love, there’s a downside to all those high temperatures: too much heat can be dangerous to your health.
Did you know it can take as little as fifteen minutes for a person to succumb to heat exhaustion, the symptoms of which can be easy to misinterpret or disregard? Heat exhaustion, if untreated, can be deadly. Wear a hat and look for shade. Don’t be a tough guy; A/C was invented for a reason.
Some people don’t have the option of enjoying A/C, however. Consider those who are required to work in the heat, day after day – an employee at an airport, for example. In addition to workers who are stuck outside, employees who work in large facilities indoors where air conditioning is not cost effective, or with heavy equipment or heat-producing machinery, can be at risk to heat exhaustion as well. If you or your employees work under these sorts of conditions, it’s wise to know what heat exhaustion looks like, how to respond, and, most importantly, how to avoid it before it ever sets in.
What to Look For, How to Respond
Tell-tale signs of heat exhaustion include any or all of the following:
- heavy sweating
- extreme weakness or fatigue
- dizziness or confusion
- accelerated heart beat
- clammy, moist skin
- pale or flushed complexion
- muscle cramps
- slightly elevated body temperature
- fast and shallow breathing
If you notice yourself or someone else suffering from any of these conditions in a situation where heat could possibly be the cause, there are things you can do to keep the ailment from progressing any further:
- First, have the affected person rest in a cool, shaded or air-conditioned area.
- Encourage him or her to drink plenty of water or other cool, non-alcoholic beverages.
- Have the affected person take a cool shower or bath.
- Blow air or spray mist over the body.
If untreated, heat exhaustion soon leads to heat stroke – a dangerous, sometimes even deadly condition. Don’t delay responding when you notice the signs of heat exhaustion, and follow up with a medical professional as soon as possible.
A Proactive Solution
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Consider investing in equipment that cools both the workplace and the employees, so heat exhaustion never becomes an issue. The Power Breezer is the ideal cooling solution to help ensure the safety of your workforce, improve productivity, and lower your costs. User controls enable this powerful evaporative cooling technology to perform in any climate for the most efficient and effective cooling available. It’s not a misting fan, so it won’t get anything wet.
In short, the Power Breezer is the most effective, high-powered cooling system on the market today. The compact, easy-to-assemble Power Breezer can reduce the heat in a 3,000 sq. ft. working space by up to 27°F! Areas where the temperature might otherwise rise to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit can be turned into comfortable, safe work zones thanks to a single Power Breezer.
It’s that easy.
To learn how the Power Breezer can help keep your people safe this summer, visit PowerBreezer.com today!