Summer Safety Six
6 Tips to Keep You Safe Up on the Roof in the Summer Heat

Anchor Products has six safety tips for roofers as things heat up this summer. Summer has officially commenced, and the temperatures are reflecting it. Record marks across the country have everyone thinking twice about going out in the heat. Roofers don’t have that choice, as their work puts them out in the elements on a regular basis and summer is a busy season in the roofing industry. Let’s talk about those important safety tips that can keep you protected and healthy during the scorching hot summer roofing season. We present to you the Summer Safety Six! There may be more, but we will focus on these six for you.

Daily Weather Checks

Check your local daily forecast early and often. Listen for temps and heat index, as well as air quality levels. Try to avoid working on a roof in the peak heat ranges of the day. Early mornings are your best bet, before extreme heat has a chance to kick in and be dangerous.

Know the Symptoms of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

As you are working in the heat, know what signs to look for to avoid dangerous heat-related illnesses. Heat exhaustion can cause issues, but heat stroke can be extremely dangerous. Learn those key symptoms before you get up on the roof so you can monitor your condition throughout the day. Things like fatigue, heavy sweating, headaches, nausea, clammy skin, or dizziness can be signs of reactions to the heat.

The CDC outlines those symptoms with a guide to What to Look For and What to Do chart at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html.

Monitor Your Roof Time

When you are up on a roof working, you are subject to direct sunlight heating up the conditions. That is a cause of fatigue and potential dangers. Maximize your roof tasks by reducing the number of times you must continuously get up and down from the roof. Don’t forget to take your breaks and find some shade and cool off throughout the day. And remember your sunscreen too!

Safety First Always

Don’t let the heat deter you from continuing routine safety procedures. Safety hats and harnesses are still important because chances of falls to due fatigue increase in the heat. Anchor Products U-Anchor 4000 series is designed for fall protection securement and attach harnesses to prevent dangerous falls.

Touch Alert – HOT

Wear protective gear and gloves when working with hot materials and tools. Membranes can be hot to the touch, as well as any tools that may be exposed to the sun for extended periods. Don’t get burned, literally, by extra hot surfaces or tools. Keep the tools covered or in a shady spot until needed.

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

This one should go without saying, but hydration is the key to avoiding heat related illnesses. Keep your body hydrated by drinking water or electrolyte drinks to replenish your fluids that are lost by sweat in the heat. Keep a cooler handy for the crew to grab their hydration to stay cool, safe, and healthy in the sweltering summer sun.

These safety tips are good for anyone who works outdoors in the extreme heat conditions of summer. Anchor Products wants you to stay safe this summer while working up on the roof. Stay cool and good luck on your projects.