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Summer is Coming, Don't Lose Your Cool!

high visibility cooling gearSummer is one of the best times of year, yet at the same time it does get unbearably hot during the day. If you're working outdoors or in a hot indoor environment, there is nothing more uncomfortable than not being able to focus on your work. Not only is the extreme heat uncomfortable and sometimes counter-productive; it can actually be dangerous. Excessive sweat can cause you to transfer moisture to otherwise dry surfaces and materials, which as you can imagine could become a problem. Slippery power tools or machinery can cause a loss of control or a mistake that could be very costly to your safety. To ensure your comfort and overall well being, it's important to consider these factors before it's too late.
 
Many of us are required to wear certain safety gear that's not very forgiving during the hot weather and this can make things even worse. There is, however, some measures that can be taken to aid in your comfort and safety. Many of the most popular manufacturers of high visibility workwear have developed (and are continuing to develop) safety gear that is designed to provide relief for hot work environments. Often labeled "cooling gear", these products range from cooling bandanas and safety vests to water-soluble hard hat shades and visors. Safety vests made from specialty materials that retain water can even provide slow-release cooling that lasts up to 12 hours, offering cooling comfort throughout the day while wicking away moisture caused by excessive sweating.
 
While our main concern may be our personal comfort, we also mustn't forget about the dangers of heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which are very real and very dangerous conditions that are often overlooked and underestimated. These conditions can lead to serious health effects, including death.
 
A combination of utilizing the proper gear, staying hydrated and taking intermittent breaks as needed to avoid over-exertion is the key for making it through the summer while at work. Stay tuned for more information regarding summer safety tips on our blog and visit our website to browse and buy the newest cooling gear out on the market.

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