South Africa can experience intense heat waves through the summer period. Below are some essential tips to keep you safe while working outdoors this summer.
Drink Lots of Water
The most obvious one but also the most overlooked. Drink 8 – 12 glasses of water to stay hydrated.
Take Frequent Breaks
Taking shorter breaks throughout the day will ensure you stay fit and productive. Even better go drink water on your break.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast. This will ensure you have sustained energy throughout the day.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep will give you the boost you need to power through a working day regardless of the temperature outside.
Drink Less Coffee
Coffee contains caffeine which dehydrates the body. A crash in energy levels is also experienced once the “coffee high” wears off.
Protect yourself from sunburn and reduce your chance of getting skin cancer by applying a decent sun block to your skin.
Wear a Hat
Wear a heat that protects your face from drying out too quickly, which reduces your ability to make sweat to cool down your body.
Choose Clothing Carefully
Avoid vests and other clothing items that expose your skin to the harsh sun. Try wear clothing that covers your skin and is lightweight.