Summer Safety Tips to Stay Protected

Summer Safety Tips to Stay Protected

Intense Georgia summers make us want to stay indoors with ice-cold air conditioning and refreshing beverages. However, working outside in hot weather is necessary, which increases potential dangers from heat-related disorders. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash can sneak up on you, so knowing how to prevent them is imperative to working safely in the heat.


Here are some helpful tips to protect yourself and your employees from heat-related disorders:


  • Hydrate often. Drink about 16 ounces of fluids before beginning work and drink five to seven ounces every 15 to 20 minutes. Avoid dehydrating liquids like alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks.
  • Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes that protect against heat. If clothing becomes saturated, change as soon as possible.
  • Be aware of your limits. Work at a steady pace while making sure to take frequent rest periods or water breaks.
  • Steer clear of direct sunlight. Work in the shade or wear a hat to block out the sun. Wear sunscreen to avoid getting a sunburn.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Watch out for other workers who could be at risk.


Summer also means thunderstorm season for Georgia residents. During the summer months inclement weather becomes more likely in Georgia. It is important to not only look at your insurance policy during this time, but also consider the following steps to prepare your business for summer storms.


  • Create a storm preparation checklist. This should include collecting storm supplies (flashlights, bottled water, battery-operated weather radio, first aid-kit, etc.) and advising employees of an emergency plan that includes a current contact list of state and local entities.
  • Secure your outdoor property. Be sure outdoor furniture is brought in or safely secured, have trees trimmed to prevent damage and evacuate all guests when lightning and severe weather is occurring.
  • Have a plan for power loss. Know who to contact, how to use a generator, where to access flashlights and more. Also be sure that your data is backed up should there be a loss of power.


Protecting your employees, customers and property is crucial to running a successful business. Consider these tips to stay aware and keep safe.


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