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Hey Guys, it is HOT outside, even hotter up on the roofs. Dehydration is very real, and it will happen if we don't take steps to prevent it.

Here is an article I found about it.

Tips for Prevention of Dehydration and Heat Illness



As heat and humidity scorch the country, emergency physicians are sending out an alarm about the dangers of dehydration and heat illness. Every year hundreds of people die across the country due to heat-related-causes, but the good news is education may be the key to saving lives.

"Heat-related illnesses are 100 percent preventable. Research shows people don't drink enough, especially when active in the heat, which explains why many heat-related problems like dehydration occur," according to Randy Eichner, M.D., professor of medicine and team internist for the University of Oklahoma.

"The first step is to drink plenty of fluids," said Dr Moorehead M.D., president, American College of Emergency Physicians. "It's important to bring fluids with you, and when active or exercising to drink before, during and after you've stopped."

When it comes to what to drink Dr. Eichner says, "Sports drinks encourage active people to drink more because of the added flavor and sodium — people actually drink more than they would with plain water — enabling them to fully rehydrate."

Here are some tips to prevent dehydration and other heat-related illnesses:

Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol — these fluids dehydrate the body rather than hydrate like water and sports drinks.

Avoid carbonated beverages which can cause bloating and keep people from drinking enough fluid to rehydrate.

Wear light colored, absorbent, loose fitting clothing.

Stay in cool, shades areas when possible, protect your skin with sun block.

"Few people know in hot and humid conditions an active person can become dehydrated in just 15 minutes," said Dr. Moorehead. As little as 1-point-3-pounds of fluid loss for a 130 pound person can lead to early fatigue and increase the risk of dehydration."

The symptoms of dehydration include:

— Dry lips and tongue

— Apathy and lack of energy

— Muscle cramping

— Bright-colored or dark urine

If left untreated dehydration can escalate to heat exhaustion or heat stroke that can be deadly. The main symptoms for these include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Rapid and shallow breathing
  • High temperature
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Decreased alertness or complete loss of consciousness

If you experience these symptoms doctors say stop activity immediately and cool down in the shade or an air-conditioned building.

"Most importantly, when active, drink fluids to help quickly replenish what you've lost through sweat," said Dr. Moorehead.



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I see a lot of guys drink caffeinated drinks when they are working outside in this heat. It actually speeds up dehydration. I know first hand and this is why I do not drink caffeinated drinks at all the days I will be outside.

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Very important! We keep 1 of these on the truck



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Great idea to post this. Just heard today that there have been a record number of deaths around the country just this past week from the heat. I actually got real sick 2  days ago from it. I have had heat stroke twice. Once doing a roof in 2006 and again a couple years ago. Its NO joke. Be safe out there.



-- Edited by Roof Cleaning Palm Harbor FL 727 543 3276 on Saturday 23rd of July 2011 12:18:05 PM

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Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa FL (813) 655-8777 wrote:

Hey Guys, it is HOT outside, even hotter up on the roofs. Dehydration is very real, and it will happen if we don't take steps to prevent it.

Here is an article I found about it.

Tips for Prevention of Dehydration and Heat Illness



As heat and humidity scorch the country, emergency physicians are sending out an alarm about the dangers of dehydration and heat illness. Every year hundreds of people die across the country due to heat-related-causes, but the good news is education may be the key to saving lives.

"Heat-related illnesses are 100 percent preventable. Research shows people don't drink enough, especially when active in the heat, which explains why many heat-related problems like dehydration occur," according to Randy Eichner, M.D., professor of medicine and team internist for the University of Oklahoma.

"The first step is to drink plenty of fluids," said Dr Moorehead M.D., president, American College of Emergency Physicians. "It's important to bring fluids with you, and when active or exercising to drink before, during and after you've stopped."

When it comes to what to drink Dr. Eichner says, "Sports drinks encourage active people to drink more because of the added flavor and sodium — people actually drink more than they would with plain water — enabling them to fully rehydrate."

Here are some tips to prevent dehydration and other heat-related illnesses:

smchk_bl.gifAvoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol — these fluids dehydrate the body rather than hydrate like water and sports drinks.

smchk_bl.gifAvoid carbonated beverages which can cause bloating and keep people from drinking enough fluid to rehydrate.

smchk_bl.gifWear light colored, absorbent, loose fitting clothing.

smchk_bl.gifStay in cool, shades areas when possible, protect your skin with sun block.

"Few people know in hot and humid conditions an active person can become dehydrated in just 15 minutes," said Dr. Moorehead. As little as 1-point-3-pounds of fluid loss for a 130 pound person can lead to early fatigue and increase the risk of dehydration."

The symptoms of dehydration include:

— Dry lips and tongue

— Apathy and lack of energy

— Muscle cramping

— Bright-colored or dark urine

If left untreated dehydration can escalate to heat exhaustion or heat stroke that can be deadly. The main symptoms for these include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Rapid and shallow breathing
  • High temperature
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Decreased alertness or complete loss of consciousness

 

If you experience these symptoms doctors say stop activity immediately and cool down in the shade or an air-conditioned building.

"Most importantly, when active, drink fluids to help quickly replenish what you've lost through sweat," said Dr. Moorehead.


Listen to what Chris is saying! { OOPS! EDIT! } No wonder I feel sick! My wife just showed me the bottle of gator aid. It was a quart-I just filled up a half gallon jug with ice and dumped the qt in! So, I only had half of what I thought I had! 

I did a heavily infested shingle roof yesterday by myself [My son had 3 other jobs to do for me and didn't have time}

I took a half gallon of Gator Aid and drank it all. The roof took 2 1/2 hours and I ended up sick and in pain all over! I got rained off the job with about 30 minutes work left!

This morning I felt about the same. So, a half gallon of GA while sweating in this rotten heat we are having, don't do the job!

I must have needed more like a gallon and a half!

I am a heavy sweater though!

Here's the roof-



-- Edited by Bergman Roof Cleaning Port Charlotte FL 941-698-1959 on Saturday 23rd of July 2011 05:26:02 PM

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We buy Gatorade and Water by the case now and whenever and wherever its on sale. Every morning the big cooler gets packed with drinks and ice. It's costing me a fortune. LOL...It is well worth it though!!! Love those towels dipped in the cooler and then wrapped around your neck too....WOW, does that feel good when your scortching.

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I fill 1.5 liter water bottles almost to the top (leave room for expansion 3inches) and freeze a bunch of them then as the day goes on they slowly melt which is good because drinking too much water (esp ice) at a time will make you sick. I just keep filling them w/water from the spicket (eh hose water tastes great!) till all the ice melts then break out another frozen bottle from the truck. Works awesome! Also just have your ground guy rinse you down with the shrubs. Worked well yesterday @102-104ish.

 

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http://www.camelbak.com/



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You all could switch off to "KOOL_AID". Its pretty cheap if you know the right people.

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Here is an article that I found on Yahoo this morning about the record high temps around the country...

http://news.yahoo.com/heat-midwest-ny-not-taking-weekend-off-070110726.html



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I LOVE Kool Aid in powdered form!

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Maverick Contracting wrote:

I LOVE Kool Aid in powdered form!


 Hahaha! Now that is funny right there. thumbsup.gif



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Maverick Contracting wrote:

I LOVE Kool Aid in powdered form!


 So did he no



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I hate it when your thighs get chapped, because they are Fat, and rub together yawn

You have to sit like this for days sometimes, when that happens.



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Roof Cleaning Palm Harbor FL 727 543 3276 wrote:
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I LOVE Kool Aid in powdered form!


 Hahaha! Now that is funny right there. thumbsup.gif


Isn't that powdered stuff spelled Coo-Haid?

CH ?? biggrin



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I hate it when your thighs get chapped, because they are Fat, and rub together yawn

You have to sit like this for days sometimes, when that happens.


Now, that right there is something I never needed to see in my whole life!!!! no



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Gotta keep the little dudes powdered up with some Gold Bond there Mr. Tucker. Be careful though, too much powder and you may end up with "Dough Nuts" on a hot swampy summer day.



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You all could switch off to "KOOL_AID". Its pretty cheap if you know the right people.

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 theres the cheap shot that was not needed. Theres the great leadership coming out from u gary.



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 Kool-Aid is a good drink if prepared properly. Bottle it and freeze it for all day enjoyment.

 



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 Kool-Aid is a good drink if prepared properly. Bottle it and freeze it for all day enjoyment.

 



-- Edited by garyw on Sunday 24th of July 2011 08:23:18 AM


 Actually, Gator Aid is basically Sugar, Salt, and flavoring. Add a little salt to some Koolaid, and ya have hillbilly gatoraid.



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Diamond Roof Cleaning New Jersey (1-800-Roof-Clean) wrote:
garyw wrote:

You all could switch off to "KOOL_AID". Its pretty cheap if you know the right people.

biggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin

Gary


 theres the cheap shot that was not needed. Theres the great leadership coming out from u gary.


 I have had my differences with Gary, I will have to say I never caught Gary in a lie.

I think it's fair to say we have all taken cheap shots at one another some time or another.

 



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