It’s hot. Everywhere. I don’t think I can remember a time when more states were in the 100+ degree marks. It goes without saying (but we’re going to anyway), be safe. Once, many years ago, we cleaned a 5-story commercial building in heat like this. It was before the advent of pure water cleaning and that roof was covered in black tar and hot. After 3 days of drops over the parapet wall in 98 degrees, we were all whooped. Unfortunately, every single team member woke up on Day 4 in various stages of dehydration and heat exhaustion. That’s what happens when you opt for Mountain Dew. I know when you are cleaning windows you get in a groove, but try to remember these tips.
1. Drink plenty of fluids. Soda pop does NOT count and citrus beverages are never a good idea. Water, gatorade, coconut water, whatever. Stay hydrated.
2. Take breaks and cool yourself off. The human body can only take so much, even in the best of shape. If you’re not, be careful. Sit in the air conditioning, mist yourself with a little bottle or buy one of those little hand-held fans. Do what you gotta do to stay cool.
3. Wear light colored, loose-fitting cotton clothing.
4. Consider starting earlier in the day when the temperatures are slightly lower. Sure, it may be an inconvenience for some customers, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Most of them are probably worried about you, too.
5. Wear a hat. It can keep both the sun off your face and the sweat out of your eyes. As an added bonus, you can wet it down with a house or fill it with ice to keep cool.
6. Most importantly, know the signs of heat exhaustion, which usually starts with excessive thirst and headache. It can also include weakness, nausea, muscle cramps and dizziness. Take a break, drink something and cool off. If you can’t get things under control, see a doctor.
Be careful out there.