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.
Fatigue or weakness
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Nausea or vomiting
Pale, cool, or clammy skin
Rapid or weak pulse
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
Confusion or disorientation
Dizziness or loss of consciousness
Nausea or vomiting
Painful muscle cramps and spasms, usually in the legs or abdomen
Heat Syncope (Fainting):
Feeling lightheaded or faint
Loss of consciousness, usually brief
Pale, cool, and moist skin
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.