Heat stress

When the going gets hot, don’t let the heat stress your body.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing that reflect away some of the sun’s energy.
  • It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water or unsweetened juice continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  • Eat several small meals, and avoid foods that are high in protein, which increase metabolic heat.
  • Take breaks in a cool place.

If you recognize that you, or someone else, are showing the signals of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place.

By training employees to recognize the symptoms of heat stress, USPS keeps employees safe and productive by giving them the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe.

And that’s smart safety.

For additional information or guidance, contact your Safety Office.