Hints and Tips

Dinwiddie County Fire & EMS


During this time of excessive heat, here are a few tips for us all to follow from the FIRERESCUE1.COM website:

Tips on guarding against heat stress

NFPA 1584 outlines the best practices for firefighters in preventing heat stress and rehabilitating on the scene. Click HERE to download a PowerPoint presentation outlining NFPA 1584.

You can protect heat stress and more serious heat disorders in several ways:

Maintain a high level of aerobic fitness.
Acclimate yourself to the increased heat by gradually increasing work time in the heat, taking care to replace fluids, and resting as needed.
Before work, drink 1 to 2 cups of water, juice, or a sport drink. Avoid excess coffee or other caffeine drinks.
While working, take several fluid breaks every hour, drinking at least 1 quart of fluid. Drink as much as you can during the lunch break.
After work, continue drinking to replace fluid losses. Always drink more than you think you need.
When on the job, wear loose-fitting garments to enhance air movement. Wear cotton T-shirts and underwear to help sweat evaporate.
Always train and work with a partner. Remind each other to drink lots of fluids and keep an eye on each other. If your partner suffers a heat disorder, start treatment immediately.

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