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Tips offered to beat the heat this summer

Postal worker drinks from water bottle
USPS wants employees to stay hydrated, one of several tips the organization is offering to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Reminder: USPS wants employees to stay cool and safe during hot weather.

You should hydrate before, during and after work, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Research shows you should drink at least 8 ounces of water every 20 minutes.

Dressing appropriately for the weather is important, too. On warm days, wear light-colored, loose-fitting and breathable clothing to keep your body temperature down.

You should also avoid direct sunlight whenever possible, apply sunscreen of at least Sun Protection Factor 15 and use shaded areas to stay cool.

The Postal Service also wants you to know the signs of heat stress, including:

  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Headaches
  • Confusion or dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Rashes

If you or a co-worker experience signs of heat stress or another heat-related illness, call 911 immediately and notify your supervisor.

The Safety Blue page has more information.

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