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Avoid heat illness

An Important Message from Dallas Hammit, Deputy Director for Transportation

The official start of summer is almost here, which means we’re in for hotter temperatures over the next several months.

But at ADOT, we don’t just worry about our comfort in the summer season. Because we have so many employees who work outside, we must also take every precaution to prevent heat-related illness.

Our employees are trained to know that exposure to summer heat can be life threatening if not treated properly. Crews are taught to monitor themselves and their teams for signs of heat-related illness.

It’s important to take note of safety precautions to stay healthy in the summer heat. Whether you work outdoors or at a desk, these reminders will help ensure you enjoy a safe summer.

  • Drink plenty of water. It seems like a no-brainer but did you know that even if you are mostly indoors all day, you should drink at least two liters of water per day, and those spending time outdoors should drink 1-2 liters per hour. If doing strenuous activity, your water intake should be much more.
  • Dress accordingly. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Wear sunscreen. Don’t forget to reapply as needed. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat or bring along an umbrella.
  • Take breaks. Take regular breaks when active outside and find a cooler, shaded place.

More information on heat illness can be found on the Arizona Department of Health Services website.