Dangers of a Heat Advisory
It's a tough decision: You're under a deadline and on a tight schedule when a heat advisory is issued. How do you react? The wrong decision can have disastrous consequences.
A heat advisory is issued by the National Weather Service and occurs when the heat index reaches 105°F. The advisory is sent out when the event is occurring, imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring.
How to Prepare for a Heat Advisory:
Are you ready for a heat advisory? This is how you prepare:
- Maintain easy access to update weather data and notifications.
- Secure plenty of cool water in an area that is easily accessible for workers.
- Make a plan for air conditioned or shady areas to be available for breaks.
- Educate workers about preventing and watching for heat-related illness before extreme temperatures strike.
What to Do During the Advisory:
When a heat advisory is issued, here is how you can help protect your workers:
- Provide workers with water, rest, and shade.
- Allow frequent breaks.
- Modify work schedules as necessary.
- Monitor workers for signs of illness.
- Provide brimmed or vented helmets with neck and ear accessories.
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