Keeping HVAC Technicians Safe During The Summer
HVAC technicians spend a lot of time working on heating and cooling systems. With their job focusing on keeping indoor temperatures at a comfortable level, it’s not uncommon for them to end up working in uncomfortable conditions for long periods of time while trying to repair things. With a lot of their work being done in hot environments, it’s important to know how to stay safe in these working conditions. Here are some of our tips for staying safe during the summer months.
Dress for the Weather
In this field, there are many safety regulations that will require you to wear gloves, boots, and safety glasses while still offering some flexibility for the rest of your clothing. Shirts with breathable fabric that absorb sweat are recommended, as they will keep you cool while working. For areas that aren’t covered, make sure to apply sunscreen regularly.
Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink water frequently to keep yourself from dehydrating. The heat will cause your body temperature to rise, and your body will sweat to keep cool, so make sure you’re replenishing your body on a regular basis and stay away from things that can cause dehydration, such as carbonated and sugared beverages.
Know The Warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Even after taking necessary precautions when it comes to warm weather, heat exhaustion can still occur. It’s important to know the warning signs of heat exhaustion in order to be prepared if the situation arises. The following are symptoms related to heat stroke and exhaustion:
- Headache or light-headed
- Dizziness, confusion, & weakness
- Nausea & vomiting
- Excessive sweating
- High body temperature
- Muscle spasms & pain
These are just a few of the symptoms and often the most common. Educating yourself and knowing the signs can help prevent serious injuries from happening on the job site.
Know Your Limits
While each of these tips can be helpful, the most important element to staying safe during the summer months is to know your limits. How much heat a person can handle will vary; don’t push yourself to work longer because someone else is. If you start to feel the effects of the heat, take a break, and encourage your team members to do the same. Don’t overwork yourself to get the job done, as this can put you and others at risk for injury.
HVAC technicians have an important job to do, but it can’t be done if you or your team members are injured. Work in groups and watch out for each other. Train yourself and others to know what to do in the event of heat exhaustion, and follow these tips to stay safe as the summer months start to roll in.