- June 25, 2018
- Posted by: bmroofing
- Category: North Carolina, Tips
Despite the summer temperatures forecast predicting near or cooler than average in parts of the Southeast, it’s still necessary to take the proper precautions while working on a roof. Working in the hot sun can present many challenges and staying safe is everyone’s responsibility. Here are 4 summer roofing safety tips to beat the heat.
1. Check the weather
Checking the weather daily is one of the most proactive tasks. If the day calls for full sun, then plan on working around it. For example start early and work on the West side of the roof and as the day progresses, work on the East side of the roof. If there are reports of scattered thunderstorms, make sure you have a safe and quick exit strategy. Depending on the roof, rain can cause roofing surfaces to become slick.
Summer Roofing Safety Tips
2. Allow for breaks in cool areas
Because the roof gets so much direct sunlight, it can make working up there hot. Take breaks throughout the day in the shade. While taking a break, wet your hair, neck, and face as frequently as possible with water.
3. Stay hydrated
The US Department of Labor recommends water breaks every 15 minutes. It’s important not to wait until you are thirsty to drink water. If you’re thirsty that’s the beginning signs of dehydration. Avoid caffeinated drinks and best practice is to drink up to ten 8- oz cups of water in an 8-hour shift.
4. Recognize the symptoms of heat stroke
Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. Here are some symptoms:
- A throbbing headache
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Changes in behavior or mental state (such as confusion, irritability, or slurred speech)
- Flushed skin
- A lack of sweat despite the heat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid breathing and heart rate
It’s important to stay safe this summer. By using the above summer roofing safety tips, you can stay safe on the job site and throughout the season.