Thursday, 23 June 2016

Trucker Health: Preventing Heat Exhaustion

Trucker Health: Preventing Heat Exhaustion
Trucker Health: Preventing Heat Exhaustion
Summer is upon us, which can only mean one thing for truckers throughout the nation. Heat exhaustion is once again a threat to the transportation industry!

But what can we do to avoid heatstroke?

We’ve put together some info to help you beat the heat.

Preventing Overheating

First up, protect yourself from the sun. This means staying out of direct sunlight and using sunscreen to reduce contact with the summer sun.

Wear lightweight, light colored clothing as a defense against the summer heat.

Most importantly, stay hydrated, specifically with water or non-alcoholic/non-caffeinated beverages.

Sure, when you’re driving down the highway you are going to be in direct sunlight. But if you follow these tips, you should be fine. Make sure you memorize the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion!

Recognizing Heatstroke and Exhaustion

You could be having a heatstroke if your body feels extremely hot to touch, but you aren’t sweating. Your skin is dry and reddening, and you’re in an irrational, agitated mood.

Other signs include altered behavior - confusion and disorientation can be common. You might end up in an irrational, agitated mood, at least more so than usual.

Worst, though, are the chances of seizures, breathing difficulties, hallucinations, and even falling into a coma!

These symptoms all differ from those of heat exhaustion, so make sure you know the difference!

Heat Exhaustion - Heat Stroke
Heat Exhaustion - Heat Stroke

Dealing with the Heat

If you think you are suffering heat exhaustion, get out of the sun! Get somewhere cool, remove unnecessary clothing, and start hydrating yourself. If you’re at a rest stop, a cool shower could even help.

Most importantly, don’t ignore the signs of heatstroke. If you feel you have heatstroke, or know somebody who might, then call 911!

Your life and your livelihood depend on it.

While we can’t help you beat the heat with the TruckLogics app, we can make your work-life balance a bit easier. That’ll free up enough time for you to watch out for your health, of course.

If you have any questions about e-filing your 2290s soon with TruckLogics, reach out to our customer support experts at 704.234.6946.

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