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Farm work must get done, no matter what the temperatures are outside. However, working in hot weather can be dangerous if you don’t take steps to protect yourself. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) provides the following tips for people who work out in the hot weather.

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Drink often and drink BEFORE you feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothes
  • Block out direct sun and other heat sources.
  • Know signs/symptoms of heat illnesses. Some symptoms of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness, weakness, confusion, thirst, nausea, and vomiting. A person with heat stroke may be confused, unable to think clearly, pass out, or stop sweating. Monitor yourself, and keep an eye on others working with you as well. If you feel sick, tell someone immediately.
  • Be aware that poor physical condition and some health problems (such as high blood pressure or diabetes), pregnancy, colds and flu, and some medications can increase your personal risk.

Source: El Companero