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Staying Safe in the Scorching Summertime Sunshine

Here in Florida, we understand the summertime heat better than most other areas in the country.  During this same time, home and business owners are scheduling their regular Fort Myers roof inspections, roof maintenance and re-roof projects.  With the high temps and extreme weather conditions, roofing contractors need to be prepared.

Our Naples roofing contractors understand that, in 2014 alone, there were more than 2,600 workers who suffered from heat-related illnesses in the US.  During that same year, close to 20 died from heat stroke and other related causes while working on the job, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).  What’s important to remember is that these kinds of illnesses and deaths are completely preventable.

According to OSHA law, employers are responsible for making sure that workplaces are free from known safety hazards.  This means that employers are required to protect workers from extreme heat.  Employers who have workers who are exposed to high heat, including roofing contractors, should make sure rules and regulations are in place to help prevent heat-related illness.

Tips To Beat The Heat:

Be An Early Bird: Get a jump start on the summer heat by getting an early start.  While we’re unable to control how hot it gets throughout the day, we are able to control our day by getting on the roof early enough to beat some of the afternoon heat.

Keep It Hydrated: Taking in lots of fluids throughout the hot summer days should be a top priority.  Make sure you’re drinking fluids before, during and after your day’s work.  A good rule of thumb is to drink water every 15 minutes – even when you’re not thirsty.

Dress Properly: One of your best defenses against heat from the sun is a uniform that will provide protection from the sun and will keep you cool. Hats and light-colored clothing articles are a great way to do both.

Take A Break: It’s important that workers are resting in the shade.  Breaks are not only a great way to cool off, but can also be used as a time to rehydrate.

Keep A Watchful Eye: Working on a roof is a team effort.  Make sure that workers are trained to identify symptoms of a heat-related illness and what to do in such cases.  If a worker becomes ill, it’s critical to call a supervisor for help.  If a supervisor is unavailable, call 911.  Make sure that the victim is watched closely until help arrives.

Use Sunblock: Lastly, don’t forget the sunblock.  In the Florida sun, sunblock is a roofer’s best defense against skin damage, sunburns and even skin cancer.

Our Lehigh Acres roofing contractors are reminding outdoor workers of all kinds to protect themselves out there.  Make summertime safety a top priority.  If you’re considering having work done on your roof this summer, call us at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate. Not only do we provide regular inspections, but we can help to repair current roofing systems that may be failing or we can install new roofing systems to best help you, your family and your business stay safe. There’s no job to small and no task too big. With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.