Summer Solstice (2018)

Our annual list of safety tips for the first day of summer.

The summer solstice arrived today at 6:07 am. Partly cloudy skies with temperatures over 80 degrees have been predicted for Metro Detroit. The UV index rating shows 9 of 10 indicating a very high risk from sun exposure.

Working outside in the summer presents its own unique challenges. Here is our annual blog post devoted to safety in the hot weather. Many work accidents can be avoided with some forethought and training.

1. Pick the rights clothes

It is important to wear clothing that is weather appropriate. Light colored and loose-fitting items help a person stay cool. Hats and sunglasses protect from the sun. Speak with your employer about dress code and how you can stay safe.

2. Use sunscreen

Exposure to UV radiation is a major risk factor for most skin cancers. Using sunscreen can reduce the chances of a problem down the road. Getting a sunburn can also be painful and keep you from normal daily activities.

3. Drink plenty of water

Dehydration can be a serious medical emergency. A person might not even realize there is a problem until starting to feel sick and/or passing out. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

4. Be prepared for emergencies

Discuss safety protocols with your employer and know who to call for help. Learn to identify the symptoms of heatstroke and heart attack at work. Keep first aid supplies handy and take a class on CPR.

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