Dangerous heat is sweeping the nation this week. Heat warnings & advisories have been issued in several states. States like Arizona and Texas are seeing temperature highs up to 114 degrees.
Owner-operators naturally spend a lot of time outdoors and in their vehicles, which is why it is essential to stay hydrated & know the signs of heat exhaustion/stroke.
Call for assistance immediately if you are feeling any of these symptoms, as you may be suffering heat exhaustion/stroke:
profuse sweating, pulsating headache, pale/dry skin, a weak pulse, muscle cramps, feeling dizzy/nauseous, and losing consciousness.
Here are some tips for preventing all heat-related illnesses:
- Stay Hydrated
- Keep multiple water bottles/a small cooler in your vehicle.
- Eat water-dense fruits like watermelon, blueberries & pineapple.
- Protect your Engine
- Check your engine oil & coolant levels regularly to prevent overheating.
- Air Conditioning
- Start your vehicle 10-15 minutes before needing to leave, run the AC & make sure it is working/antifreeze levels are sufficient.
- Bring a Blanket
- Though this may seem counter-productive, it can be very efficient!
- Use a light-colored blanket to cover your seat when it is exposed to sunlight and remove it when you return to your vehicle.
- Seats can be hot if they are exposed to sunlight for extended periods.
- Bandanas/small cloth + a few ice cubes = Icepack!
- Use an icepack or a cooling towel at the base/back of your neck.
- Use Sunscreen
- UV rays enter through the windows & windshield.
- Use at least SPF 30, every two hours.
- Take Breaks
- Stop to move your body at a mall or department store.
- Take breaks when needed somewhere with AC & a large parking lot.
SCI recognizes and respects the hard work of our owner-operators.
#SCICares about your safety!