LONDON, ONT. – For the second day in a row, there is an extreme heat warning in southwestern Ontario.
Some Londoners stay cool with their favorite ice cream while others enjoy pools and wading pools.
But not everyone has this luxury. It’s still all on deck for those who work in the construction industry.
“When you’re working in the heat, sometimes it feels like you’re going to explode because you’re so hot. You just have to drink lots of water and take it easy, ”said Conner Mcaffer, a worker at Riverside Concrete Forming.
Mcaffer and his colleagues are now working slower to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion. You’ll also take breaks more often, stay hydrated, and enjoy occasional freezies.
Mcaffer says this heat creates a risk of further minor injuries in the workplace.
“So the heat has an effect on the construction site, it can heat the tools, really hot. If you snap something, it could burn your hand, ”he said.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reminds people how to protect themselves from scorching temperatures.
“Make sure we stay hydrated, find shade regularly, monitor our physical activity and try not to do too much while it is really hot,” said Dave Pavletic, MLHU environmental health program manager.
It also encourages people to watch out for signs of heat exhaustion such as tiredness, dizziness, a fast pulse, or excessive sweating.
He admits that these are signs that are often overlooked by humans, but can have very harmful long-term consequences.
Finally, Pavletic urges Londoners to take advantage of the city’s many resources and facilities designed to keep residents from overheating.
“The city has cooling centers that are available during these times, public libraries are a good place to go … they are air-conditioned.”