Warning Signs for Summer Heat Safety

In our line of business at Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal, we are accustomed to dealing with extreme weather conditions. The safety and well being of our crews are our number one priority. Midwest summer heat is no joke. Whether you’re roofing a skyscraper or out mowing the lawn, there are important warning signs you should heed when working in the summer heat. The following are heat-related illnesses symptoms to take seriously.


Heat Exhaustion:

  • Profuse sweating

  • Fatigue or weakness

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Headache

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Pale, cool, or clammy skin

  • Rapid or weak pulse

  • Muscle cramps


Heat Stroke (a medical emergency!):

  • High body temperature (above 103°F or 39.4°C)

  • Hot, red, and dry skin (no sweating)

  • Rapid and strong pulse

  • Throbbing headache

  • Confusion or disorientation

  • Dizziness or loss of consciousness

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Seizures


Heat Cramps:

  • Painful muscle cramps and spasms, usually in the legs or abdomen

  • Sweating

  • Heat Syncope (Fainting):

  • Feeling lightheaded or faint

  • Loss of consciousness, usually brief

  • Pale, cool, and moist skin

  • Sweating


Heat Rash:

  • Skin irritation or redness

  • Small, red bumps or blisters

  • Itching or prickling sensation

  • Often occurs in areas of the body covered by clothing


It’s important to be vigilant about these symptoms and take immediate action if you or your co-workers experience any signs of heat-related illnesses. Prompt attention and proper medical care are crucial, especially in cases of heat stroke, which can be life-threatening.

If someone is showing signs of heat stroke, call emergency services immediately and take immediate steps to cool them down while waiting for medical help. Move the person to a shaded area, remove excess clothing, and apply cool water or ice packs to their body.


Regular training, awareness, and a proactive approach to heat safety can help prevent heat-related illnesses. Communicate any discomfort or symptoms and make an effort to look out for yourself and your co-workers.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.

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