Proper Clothing Keeps You Safe: Hot Weather

  • 26 Jun 2017 14:20
Unless you are assigned to a project or customer in the Antarctic, you are probably feeling the summer heat.
Road Map to Safety

While we may not be able to change our work environments, our back yard or the ball park, the way we dress can have an effect on how the body deals with the stress from the summer heat. Some tips for high temperate dressing:

Choose lightweight clothing and fabric to stay cool in the heat.

  • The best fabrics for warmer or hot climates are lightweight and made from natural cottons or linens.
  • Fabrics for hot climates should maximize the flow of air through the clothing, allowing heat and moist air to escape.
  • Humans maintain a cool body temperature by perspiring heat away from the body; it is important to allow air circulation to maintain a cool body temperature.

Breathable fabrics are best for hot weather.

  • Humans maintain a cool body temperature by perspiring heat away from the body.
  • It is important to allow air circulation to maintain a cool body temperature.
  • Fabrics for hot climates should maximize the flow of air through the clothing, allowing heat and moist air to escape.
  • The fabrics should be breathable.

Clothes that offer protection are better during the summer.

  • Clothing is the most basic form of protection against the sun.
  • The more skin covered the better.
  • Long pants cover better than shorts, long sleeved shirts are better than t-shirts.
  • A walk of an hour or more will give you lots of sun exposure on your head, shoulders, neck and back.
  • Hats protect your head from the sun.

Lighter color clothes are more suited for hot weather.

  • Dark colors absorb more light; they will be hotter.
  • Light colors reflect light; making them cooler to wear in the summer.
  • Black naturally absorbs more light that it reflects; more heat is retained.
  • Light reflects more off of white than is absorbed; white retains less heat.

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