Handyman News – Heat Overload

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Customer’s will not put there lives in jeopardy neither should you.  Because of the summer heat, the handyman is called upon to do the dangerous task of working in the boiling heat of summer. For instance, performing tasks such as replacing wood rot, such as siding, fascia, soffits etc.

In the summer months, heat and humidity combine to slow evaporation of sweat from the body. Therefore, outdoor work becomes dangerous even for those handymen in decent shape.

Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.  Slow down and cool off when feeling fatigued, a headache, a high pulse rate or shallow breathing. Overheating can cause serious, even life-threatening conditions such as heat stroke.  Don’t be a hero and push yourself beyond what you’re body can handle.

Symptoms you should know: 

Heat cramping:  Muscles tend to “cramp up” during the heat.  This is your body telling you it’s losing salts and necessary fluids that will need replenishing and rest.

Heat syncope or fainting: light headed, dizziness, and drop in blood pressure.  Your body is trying to tell you to stop and seek shade immediately – last warning before the inevitable.

Heat exhaustion: When your body temperature rises your body sweats out salts along with fluids.  The body will slowly shut down and render you unable to perform and think clearly.  Replenish those fluids consistently.

Heatstroke: In some cases extreme heat can upset the body’s thermostat, causing body temperature to rise to 105 degrees or higher. Symptoms are lethargy, confusion and unconsciousness. Even a suspicion that someone might be suffering from heatstroke requires immediate medical aid. Heatstroke can kill.

** you should always start drinking plenty of water the night before you perform the task as well as during.