By Vogel Bros. Safety Department

Summer is in full swing and so is the heat. News headlines across the country are warning people to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. There are also very serious yet lesser-known heat-related headlines you may not have heard about, such as:

“Summer Heat Danger: Your Garden Hose Could Cause Serious Burns”
“Health Officials Warn About Dangers of Hot Playgrounds”
“Hot Summer Months Can Present Challenges for Diabetics”

Vogel Bros. wants our employees to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. That’s why we encourage everyone to take precautions when it comes to the dangers of summer heat. Some of the steps you can take to stay safe and healthy are:

  • When using a garden hose, make sure to expel the water for a couple of minutes before spraying it on anyone. This will flush the hottest water out of the hose, which can reach temperatures of 130-140 degrees when left in the summer sun.
  • Before letting children go on playground equipment, check to make sure the equipment is not too hot (especially slides and swings).
  • Dehydration can be one of the greatest threats to a diabetic because, in addition to causing blood glucose levels to rise, it can inhibit the absorption of injected insulin. So be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages.
  • In general to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke, everyone should be mindful to:
    • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
    • Rest in the shade to cool down.
    • Wear a hat and light-colored, long-sleeved clothing.
    • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
    • “Easy does it” on your first days playing or working in the summer heat. Your body needs to get used to the increased sun and temperature.

Get more tips on preventing and responding to heat-related illnesses by downloading OSHA’s “Heat Safety Tool” app for Android and Apple phones. This app allows you to calculate the heat index for your location and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level. Then with a simple “click,” you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken to protect you and your loved ones from heat-related illnesses.