As Hot Weather Arrives, Protect Yourself from Summer Heat

Published June 26, 2024

Summer has arrived in force with record-high temperatures. Newport News Shipbuilding employees are reminded to follow precautions to prevent heat illnesses and reduce the risk of accidents.

Give yourself time to get accustomed to the heat, especially while wearing a face covering. You’ll be more comfortable doing the most strenuous work during the cooler parts of the day. Save lighter work for the hottest times, usually between noon and 3 p.m. It’s a good idea to alternate work and rest periods, too.

Staying hydrated is key. Drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. The rule of thumb is 5 to 7 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes or so.

Enjoy salads and fruits. Hot foods and heavy meals can lower the body’s resistance to heat-related illnesses.

If possible, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing made from breathable material, such as cotton.

Keep hands dry and safety glasses clear. Slippery hands from sweat can lead to an accident. Likewise, safety glasses fog more in hot weather. Be sure to visit the nearest tool room for anti-fog.

Never use compressed air or oxygen lines to cool yourself. Compressed air can cause eye and ear damage and oxygen can create a fire hazard. Signs of heat-related illness include headache or nausea, weakness or dizziness, heavy sweating or hot, dry skin, and an elevated body temperature.

If you show symptoms of heat illness or see someone in distress, call 911 from a company landline or 757-380-2222 from any mobile phone.