We all know that drinking enough fluids is an essential part of staying safe during the summer. But exactly how much water is enough, especially when it’s really hot? And does it really matter what you drink, or when?
For employees who are physically active in extreme heat, KPA’s safety team recommends the following:
- Drink about 4 oz. of water every 15 minutes.
- Make it a priority to take quick breaks to drink – consuming small, frequent amounts of water is particularly important in extreme heat.
- Drink even when you don’t feel thirsty.
- Avoid drinks with sugar, caffeine and alcohol, because they can dehydrate your body. (Sorry, folks, but iced coffee lovers are out of luck.)
Basically, keeping yourself and your staff hydrated in the heat takes effort and planning. If you’d like to learn more, read these blog posts: How to Keep Cool, Heat Illness Prevention Programs and How to Manage Heat Exhaustion at Work.