The summer months are quickly approaching and based on your current location, you may already be experiencing the heat.
However, just because snow storms and icy roads have diminished, doesn’t mean truck drivers will experience perfect road conditions. The extreme heat can cause health risks to drivers if precaution isn’t taken, so how do you ensure drivers stay safe through the summer months?
We turned to our in-house expert, Centerline’s own Safety Manager, Jim Ledbetter, offering his top 10 best practices for staying safe on the road during the summer months.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water – about 16 ounces before starting a route and about 5-7 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes.
- Avoid dehydrating liquids. Coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks can hurt you more than help during extreme heat.
- Wear protective clothing. Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing helps protect against heat. Change clothing if it gets completely saturated.
- Pace yourself. Slow down and work at an even pace. Know your own limits and ability to work safety in the heat.
- Schedule frequent breaks. Take time for rest periods and water breaks in a shaded or air-conditioned area.
- Use a damp rag. Wipe your face or put it around your neck.
- Avoid getting sunburn. Use sunscreen and wear a hat if working outside.
- Avoid direct sun. Find share or block the sun if possible.
- Eat smaller meals. Eat fruits high in fiber and natural juice. Avoid high protein foods.
- Be alert to signs of heat-related illness. Know what to look for and check on other workers that might be at risk.