June is National Safety Monthby CustomHomes on Thursday, June 2, 2016
During the month of June bees are buzzing, gardens are growing, lawn mowers are rumbling along, and home improvement projects usually begin. While it is a wonderful time of year to clean gutters, power wash decks, and refinish your porch you should always be aware of the hazards that come with home improvement. With a few simple tips you can work on making your home look lovely without putting yourself in harm’s way.
Always, always, always have a water bottle with you and refill it often. While it is ok to have Gatorade, or iced tea with you throughout the day water will be your best option to avoid dehydration. If you are working on a hot day be sure to start early to avoid the scorching weather of the afternoon. This way you will be less likely to become dehydrated and exhausted. If you’re working outside or in a unairconditioned household have at least a gallon of water with you that you drink throughout the entire day.
You must be aware of the symptoms of dehydration as well. If a person stops sweating, becomes cold and clammy, or passes out they are suffering from dehydration and possibly heat stroke. If this is the case bring the person to a cool place immediately and give them water. They will need to drink slowly to avoid nausea. If they begin to show severe signs such as skin shriveling, confusion, or intense dizziness it is time to go to the hospital.
Using sunscreen will also help prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you are working outside be sure to cover exposed parts with a sunscreen containing 30 SPF or higher. You should also wear lightweight clothing to avoid heat exhaustion. The sunscreen will also help protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Though it may seem like common sense hundreds of people in the U.S. are admitted to the ER in the summer for severe sunburns.
Full coverage clothing
When working outside you will want your body to have as much protection as possible. Wear lightweight long sleeves and pants as well as a hat. This way your skin is protected from the sun and any possible insects you might meet along the way. While many insects offer no real threat ticks and mosquitos can harbor painful and long-lasting diseases. You should also find an all-natural bug spray that contains catnip and rose geranium. Studies have shown that catnip can be as affective as DEET in deterring bugs and rose geranium essential oil (diluted of course) has been used for many years to deter ticks.