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I got way too hot today

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by zackvbra, May 22, 2013.

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  1. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    No cure for that kind of heat and humidity. I tried putting a small ice pack down each rubber boot. Maybe it could be attached on your hat somewhere.
    I also tried attaching a 2 inch diameter flexible hose to the heat or ac outlet in the truck; shove the hose down your shirt or your boots as you drive between stops.
     
  2. PamlicoLawnCare

    PamlicoLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    Hydrate the night before with water when you know the next day is going to be a hot one.

    Laying off the Gatorade is good advice.

    During the day, make yourself take a 5-10 minute water break every hour and sit in the shade or air-conditioned truck.

    It may take a little longer to get your yards done during the day but it's better than the alternative.
     
  3. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    try some underarmor heatgear. i used to wear it under my leathers when i raced motorcycles. several days it was over 100 degrees out in full leathers, boots, helmets, gloves and it kept me cool
     
  4. nortonlawncare

    nortonlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    I have some shirts I got from a sports shop dri-tek or something like that, it's great stuff
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  5. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    You are five miles from northern florida....you get my point :)
     
  6. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Baton Rouge, La
    Messages: 1,228

    I know the feeling. Monday was rough here. Drink more water. Take half of your body weight and that's the amount of water you are supposed to have in ounces on a normal day. Its probally double for working all day in the heat.
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    It sounds like you may have had a mild heat stroke.

    http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/9339/30922.html

    If you have a family or regular doctor, you should call them and explain what happened and your symptoms. Your "wicked" headache really bothers me. From what I understand, once you have a heat related illness, the next occurrence won't take as much heat to occur and will be worse.
     
  8. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    My son had heat strokes when serving in the Army. He never was good in the heat after that.
     
  9. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    I keep a towel handy that I dip in ice cold water in the cooler and put it around my neck. Does wonders! Keeps the blood going to your head cool.
     
  10. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,711

    ^^^ Best advice in a nutshell...though staying hydrated all the time or least working at it a few days prior will pay further dividends. Alcohol intake will dehydrate a person, so hitting the sauce hard the night before is unwise.

    Personally, I can't stand using the A/C in my truck b/tw jobs...heck, I even hate walking into a grocery store when I'm drenched with sweat. My preference is for more steady temps, even when it's hotter than hades. I take only water with me and keep it at truck/room temperature. I live for Summer!

    The best predictor for how uncomfortable it is is the dewpoint. Mid 70s on up and you'll know it. Low 80s is stifling. A high dewpoint means your sweat will not evaporate as quickly...which is what naturally cools us off the most.
     
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