A heated topic
“During 2004–2018, an average of 702 heat-related deaths (415 with heat as the underlying cause and 287 as a contributing cause) occurred in the United States annually. ”
“Officials in Tokyo say 26 people died of heatstroke in the metropolitan area over nine days through Monday…” [July 2020]
We welcome the summer heat during mid-winter and then wish for the cool to come back again soon.
As seen in the above quotes, summer is not only a time for BBQ’s, beaches, rivers, and fun but it can also be a time with severe consequences. We need to be proactive in protecting ourselves, especially when working in the outdoors or places that do not have adequate cooling.
At NSTC, we value your health and take every precaution that is possible to safely and timely carry out training for all persons involved.
Just like at NSTC, in your private and work life, please take time to stop and evaluate your health during this hot time.
If you are showing any of the following, please take a break to cool down or seek medical help if severe.
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke (www.nhs.uk)
• a headache.
• dizziness and confusion.
• loss of appetite and feeling sick.
• excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin.
• cramps in the arms, legs and stomach.
• fast breathing or pulse.
• temperature of 38C or above.
• being very thirsty.
Summer should be a time of enjoyment, not hospital visitations; especially with this year’s added stress of the corona-virus.