From the desk of Laura Ingram

Staying Hydrated
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend drinking 2 to 4 cups of cool fluids every hour when working in hot environments.

You need to be extra vigilant about staying hydrated if:

  • You work in a setting with high temperatures or humidity.
  • You work in a setting with direct sun exposure/ a non-climate controlled area.
  • Your job requires strenuous physical labor.
  • You come in direct contact with hot objects or equipment.

By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

It is so important to stay hydrated as you work so that you replace the water you have lost. The combination of dehydration and hot temperatures may cause your body to overheat and can lead to serious heat-related illnesses.

Some signs of dehydration:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Decreased and/or darker urine
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness