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Heat Safety

With rising temperatures of record numbers across the country, FirstFleet wants to convey the importance of knowing how to stay safe in this intense heat. According to the Centers for Disease Control, initial symptoms of a heat emergency include:
  • hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • extreme weakness or fatigue
  • pale or flushed complexion
  • confusion/dizziness
  • fast, shallow breathing
  • hallucinations
  • clammy, moist skin
  • elevated body temperature
  • throbbing headache
  • slurred speech

The quickest and most effective way to treat an individual experiencing a heat emergency is to first call for medical help. The worker should then be moved to an area that is cooler and out of the sun. Heavy or excessive clothing should be removed and cool water should be applied to the person's body. The consumption of water and other cool beverages also aid a person in their recovery. 

In the event of a heat related event while on the job, the employee should first seek medical attention or if unable local management should coordinate that treatment and then as soon as is possible, report the incident to FirstFleet at 800-489-7300. 

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