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Protecting Yourself from Heat Stress

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Our Safety Tip for the Month of July:

Protecting yourself from heat stress. Heat illness can be a matter of life and death. Workers die from heat stroke every summer and every death is preventable. 

Here are the signs:

Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Weakness
  • Wet skin
  • Irritability
  • Thirst
  • Nausea or vomiting

WARNING: If you feel FAINT, CONFUSED, or if you Vomit- seek help fast.

Heat Stroke - symptoms

  • Maybe confused
  • Maybe unable to think clearly
  • May collapse
  • May have a seizure (fits)
  • May stop sweating 


  1. Call the supervisor & ask for medical help (if in the working environment) 
  2. Move the person to a cooler place to rest in the shade. Stay with the person.
  3. Give the person water as long as he/she is not losing consciousness or vomiting.
  4. Loosen the person's clothing
  5. Help cool the person. Fan the person, put ic packs on the person's groin and underarms, or soak the person's clothing with cool water.

Remember SERVPRO friends and family to stay hydrated in this summer heat and to know what to do in case of an emergency. 

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