June is National Safety Month. As an outdoor worker, it is important to take precautions against exposure to sun, heat and bug bites during the summer months.
We have some helpful safety tips for keeping you safe during warm weather
- Wear lightweight, tightly woven clothing that you can’t see through.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks 93 percent of UV rays. Make sure to reapply as needed.
- Wear a hat that protects your neck, ears, forehead, nose and scalp
- Wear UV-absorbent sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.
Heat can be a serious health threat during the summer months. Protect yourself in the following ways:
- Drink plenty of water before you get thirsty.
- Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as dry-fit material.
- Eat small meals before work activity.
- Skip the caffeine and soda; drink water instead.
If you’re working in tall grass or wooded areas, take the following precautions to protect yourself from ticks:
- Wear light-colored clothing to see ticks more easily.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants (tuck pant legs into socks or boots)
- Wear high boots or closed shoes that cover your feet completely.
- Wear a hat.
- Use tick repellants, but not on your face.
- Wash and dry your work clothes at high temperatures.
- Examine your body for ticks after work, and remove any attached ticks promptly with a tweezers. If you get bit and develop a rash, see your doctor.
Insect Bites and Stings
Bee, wasp, hornet and yellow jacket stings are typically only dangerous to those who are allergic or have been stung multiple times.
- Wear bug repellant.
- Avoid wearing heavy perfumes or scented lotions.
- Check before drinking from cups, bottles or cans. Stinging insects are attracted to sweet drinks.
Be safe and healthy on the job at with these helpful tips provided by Anastasi Insurance Agency, Inc..