Safety Tip: January
Dehydration in Winter Weather
The MYTH: you can only get dehydrated in warm weather.
Cold weather can actually increase your risk of dehydration because you don’t have any of the physical clues that tell you your body needs water, like feeling hot or getting sweaty. In fact, cool temperatures my mask your sense of thirst by 40%.
During winter, people tend to drink more coffee and hot tea, both of which drain your system of fluids.
if you’re feeling headachy and nauseous, GET A BOTTLE OF WATER RIGHT AWAY. Those are early signs of dehydration. Stick to plain, healthy water – not soda or juice – it’s the best cure for mild dehydration.
1. Don’t depend on your sense of thirst, drink water!
2. Don’t substitute caffeinated drinks for water
3. Keep water readily available in your work area
4. Pay attention to your urine output
5. Increase your water intake with increase work load
WINTER WEATHER MAY MASK DEHYDRATION SYMPTOMS DRINK MORE WATER!