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​How hot is too hot to work outside?

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​How hot is too hot to work outside?

Millions of Americans earn their pay sweating through the work week. So how hot is too how? The answer to that question varies according to your overall physical well-being and the type of physical activity one is performing. No matter what your working environment is your body tries its best to maintain its normal internal temperature.

The human body functions best at 98.6 degrees. When the temperature outside exceeds that, cooling of the body becomes very difficult. Sweating, caused by blood circulating to the skin, is one of the only ways to get rid of excess heat but is only effective if the humidity level is low enough to cause evaporation. If the body cannot release the excess heat, it will store that access heat and that becomes very dangerous.

Signs of Dehydration

Signs of dehydration include the following:

  • Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
  • No tears when crying

So what actual temperature is too hot?

According to OSHA , The heat index, which takes both temperature and humidity into account, is a useful tool for outdoor workers and employers.

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So how do I protect myself?

Saki Migkos with Greek Lawn Care in Charlotte North Carolina says he stays safe in hot conditions by:

"I keep a 5 gallon cooler of water on the truck at all times, we dont ever leave the shop without it."

HYDRATE!! Make sure you are drinking water before, while, and after your encounter with the heat. For every 20 minutes that you are working under these conditions, you should drink at least one cup of water. Your body depends on water to survive. Every tissue, cell, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly and uses it to maintain the proper body temperature. Also, wear loose fitting clothes because those will allow the evaporation of sweat more easily from your skin. Also avoid beer and other alcoholic drinks. No thirsty? Try eating some of the most hydrating foods. The list includes celery, watermelon, cucumbers, kiwis, bell peppers, any citrus fruits, carrots, and pineapple.

Also, make sure you are taking breaks and cooling off in the shade if it's possible.

It doesn't matter if you are mowing the lawn in Murfreesboro, Tennessee or landscaping in Lakeland, Florida, this type of manual labor is taxing.  I can relate to the hard work it takes to make a living by doing this. For 6 years, I worked with a landscaping company and it was the hardest job I have ever had. So all of you earning your paychecks by sweating for hours upon hours, I say thank you and stay safe.  

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