Tips for Technicians – Ways to Keep Cool This Summer
Keeping cool when temperatures are high isn’t just about comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The following tips can help you stay cool all summer long while on a customer site.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes, preferably of a light color that are made from breathable fabrics.
- If possible, limit your exposure to direct sunlight. Stay in shaded areas.
- Certain types of medication may increase the risk of heat-related illness. Make sure to check with your physician or pharmacist.
- Wrap a wet towel around your head and neck for instant cooling relief.
- Fill a spray bottle with water or with ice and keep it in the cooler to keep it cold for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
- Try storing lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on hot, overtired feet.
- Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you’re ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you’ll have a supply of cold water with you.
- Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.
- Some people swear by small, portable, battery-powered fans. A water bottle that sprays a cooling mist works well.
- If you’re wearing a cap or hat, remove it and pour a bit of ice cold water into the hat, then quickly invert it and place on your head.
- Avoid caffeine and/or sugary beverages as it will promote dehydration.
- Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products.
Remember, the work you do is very important. Staying cool physically will help you stay sharp and focused on delivering great customer service. So, keep these tips in mind. Your work will be appreciated and rewarded – and that’s a cool feeling!