Heat exhaustion

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by TwoGuyswithMowers, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. TwoGuyswithMowers

    TwoGuyswithMowers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    I'm new to the business and decided that I was going to wear jeans today to look more professional. After walking behind a mower for a few hours and not drinking enough water before I started working in the 104 degree heat index I started feeling symptoms of what I can only guess was heat exhaustion. I felt like I was going to throw up and got a little dizzy. My mouth was dry and I felt weak. I had to stop and go sit in my truck for a few minutes and didn't have any water with me.

    I suppose I better start hydrating more. I only had coffee and no food before I started because I was in a hurry.

    Maybe working mostly in an office the past few years has just made me soft, lol.
  2. TeamYardsale4

    TeamYardsale4 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    That's not good, heat exhaustion and dehydration is nothing to mess around with. You always need a couple gallons of water with you for sure!!
  3. beargins

    beargins LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Not to mention that coffee alone dehydrates you! I usually drink a couple of cups of water before drinking coffee.
  4. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,827

    Your Body's Many Cries For Water, F. Batmanghelidj

    Read it.
  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    I have an app on my phone to remind me to drink.

    No, wait. That's just my wife texting me to remind me to drink enough.

    All. Day. Long.

  6. TwoGuyswithMowers

    TwoGuyswithMowers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    Well I definitely learned my lesson today. We have 11 yards to cut tomorrow with our walk behinds and will be loaded down with water and powerade.

    And I am a reader so I will definitely check that out. Thanks.
  7. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 731

    Yep...here in west texas its not uncommon for the triple digit temps to show up. I have to mow during the day because my full time job is on the nightshift, so im out there during the heat of the day. I always wear jeans and a white or grey tshirt, and bring plenty of water. hard to explain, but you have to pace yourself and drink on a regular basis without drinking too much at one time. I switch between lots of water, and I also like bringing a gallon of iced tea with me...but you have to drink the iced tea sparingly.

    I always wear a hat too.

    good luck.
  8. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,935

    I used to drink ice tea but found out that Ice tea is a major cause of Kidney stones. Also contains caffeine. I just bring ice water.
    Always take time to eat breakfast and then I bring a insulated 2 gallon jug of ice water(to the OP) and pack a light lunch
  9. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Problem is not the jeans. I like my legs protected and clean.

    Problem is you are never late. So eat breakfast. Never heard of a landscaper losing a customer because he started his day a half hour late.

    I bring three glass quart milk bottles in a cooler. I drink on the way to my first stop. During. Then on the drive to my next stop to stay hydrated.
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,635

    If you go all day without peeing you didn't drink enough water. Some real hot days in might take over 2 gallon to keep you going. This year in Bamaland hasn't been too bad yet, but temps in the mid 90s are expected next week

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