OSHA has released a new App available for Android and iPhone that allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite. The heat index is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature. Based on the Heat Safety Tool’s calculated heat index, it then displays a risk level for outdoor workers and provides reminders about protective measures that should be taken to protect workers from heat-related illnesses.

Protective measures include:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Adjusting work operations based on the weather conditions
  • Training workers to recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses
  • What to do in case of an emergency
  • Scheduling rest breaks
  • Seeking shade when available

According to OSHA “Working in full sunlight can increase the heat index values by 15 degrees Fahrenheit” So it’s extremely important to stay informed, stay hydrated, and stay safe while working under these conditions.

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OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool & more information can be found here:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html


With a record breaking stretch this august in Arizona, keeping cool and safe should be your number one priority! See below for more information on how the excessive heat this year has taken its toll on people. Personal Evaporative technology is here to help keep you safe and comfortable.

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) –

As if residents needed another reminder of the scorching heat, the average temperature in Phoenix from Thursday to Sunday was 103.7 degrees – the warmest four-day August stretch on record.

The previous record was 102.8 degrees in 2011, the National Weather Service said.

Monday promises to mark the end to the excessive heat for now. The heat warning that had been in effect until 8 p.m.Monday for Phoenix, Maricopa and Pinal counties has been canceled. However, it still remains in effect until 8 p.m. for western Arizona.

So far for 2015, Phoenix has seen 19 days of 110°+ (average per year is 18). Today, we’re looking to add another to the 110° column. #azwx

— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix)August 17, 2015

Phoenix failed to tie or break Sunday’s record of 113. The high at the official reporting station at Sky Harbor International Airport fell one degree short.

The Valley has never used as much power as it did this weekend. Both Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project said they fed people’s homes with a record-setting amount of electricity.

Friday, the day Phoenix hit 117 degrees, SRP said we also drew 6,735 megawatts of power. That was an all-time peak system record for the utility. Saturday, that demand grew to 6,806 megawatts.

Arizona Public Service logged its highest power usage of the year at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, when it was 115 degrees. Temperatures on Friday and Saturday set records.

HEAT IS TAKING A TOLL

The heat has been having a detrimental impact on humans and wildlife.

The Phoenix Fire Department tweeted it had handled 86 heat-related emergencies from Friday through Sunday.

Close to a dozen fans at the Arizona Cardinals game Saturday needed medical attention, with many of their issues related to the extreme heat.

[STORY: Extreme heat sickens close to a dozen fans at Cardinals game]

According to the Glendale Fire Department, fire crews, along with Southwest Ambulance crews, transported a total of 11 patients from the game.

On Friday, a motorist rescued a severely dehydrated bobcat from near death alongside an Arizona roadway.

[STORY: Baby bobcat severely dehydrated rescued by side of road]

Sadly, its mother was dead, most likely a casualty of Friday’s record-breaking 117-degree heat.

The heat has also been causing car problems. AAA Arizona responded to more than 2,000 Arizonans with battery and tire calls this weekend, according to Kelly Potts with AAA Arizona.

There were 1570 battery related service calls throughout the state, more than 600 tire service calls and 62 fuel service calls.

TEMPERATURES SMASH OLD RECORDS

Arizona’s intense heat set five records in three days for warmest low and hottest high temperatures.

Here are the records so far:

93 – Friday broke the previous record of 89 set in 2002 for the warmest overnight low for the date.

117 – Friday broke the previous record of 113 set in 2012 for the hottest daytime temperature for the date.

93 – Saturday broke the previous record of 90 set in 2011 for the warmest overnight low for the date.

115 – Friday broke the previous record of 112 set in 1992 for the hottest daytime temperature for the date.

93 – Sunday broke the previous record of 91 set in 2013 for the warmest overnight low for the date.

COOLING TREND SEEN

The area is slated to see a slow cooling trend early this week.

The strong upper high responsible for these very hot temperatures is already starting to shift westward with the center over southern California.

The high center shifts just off the California coast starting

Tuesday, turning our flow more out of the northwest and ushering in even drier air for the middle of this week.

Near zero rain chances exist through Wednesday, meteorologists said.

http://www.azfamily.com/story/29802679/phoenix-notches-warmest-4-day-aug-stretch-on-record


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A proper cool down is always important, but with summer rides taking place in hot and often humid weather, your horse is more likely to become overheated while working. Make sure to keep an eye on the heat index (combination of temperature and humidity) and tailor your rides accordingly so both you and your horse exercise safely, and always keep an eye on your horse for signs of heat exhaustion, as this is a serious problem. After a ride, follow these general guidelines on how to cool down a horse to ensure your horse is safe and comfortable when you put him back in his stall or pasture this summer:

  1. Walking Cool Down – Spend roughly the last 10-15 minutes of your ride at the walk. Pay attention to how much your horse’s nostrils are flared and how fast his flanks move as he breathes. Bend down and feel his chest and shoulders to check for sweat, an obvious sign of being warm. You should walk until his breathing returns to normal. After you dismount, loosen his girth slightly for the walk back to the barn to make him more comfortable and to begin taking pressure off his back.
  2. Allow Access to Water – Once you’ve untacked, make sure you offer your horse a drink of water. Drinking cool water helps the horse’s temperature lower after a workout and helps avoid dehydration. Make sure to allow water in moderation until the horse is cooled down and breathing has returned to normal.
  3. Hose with Cool Water – Rinsing off a horse with cool water helps to lower his body temperature as heat is absorbed off his body into the water through conduction. Start with hosing his legs so he can become accustomed to the water temperature, then work your way up to his chest and shoulders and then the rest of his body. After hosing, remove excess water from the horse’s body with a sweat scraper. The water you scrape off the horse may feel hot or warm. If this is the case, hose him again and repeat the process until the water scraped off feels cool.
  4. Hand Walk or Graze in Shade – Putting a horse back into his stall while still wet can cause him to heat back up, particularly if the air is still. Allowing your horse to fully or partially dry outside in the shade or in the barn aisle with a fan is the best way to ensure your cooled off horse stays that way. Once his skin feels cool to the touch, he can safely be put back into his stall.
  5. Hold the Grain – While eating grass or hay after a workout is fine in most cases (but be cautious), grain should be held for a while until the horse is completely cool. Once your horse is cooled and breathing normally, grain should be fine. If you are unsure, consult with your veterinarian to determine when grain is ok to feed, and whether allowing grass and hay in the

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If your horse runs hot even when he’s not being exercised, or you live in a hot climate, a cooling blanket such as the HyperKewl™ Evaporative Cooling Horse Blanket can help provide relief while he’s relaxing and at rest. After being submerged in water for a few minutes and having the excess water rung out, this blanket will keep your horse cool for four to six hours.

There may be scenarios where your cool down procedure differs from these guidelines, but this is a great place to start to keep you & your furry friends safe and comfortable!


During the brutal summer days long sleeves are good to protect your skin from the sun. If you wear a loose cotton shirt under an evaporative cooling vest, the water will evaporate and cool you off. loose cotton is key, White (and warm colors) reflect heat, versus black (and cool colors) which absorb heat. Ideally, you want something like a white, cotton button down. The sleeves will block the sun from burning your arms, and the Vest allows ample airflow, cooling you down immensely. Keeping the evaporative vest moist will keep you from sweating and using your body’s precious hydration. You will actually feel cooler wearing a loose, white, cotton button down than wearing a dark T-Shirt in the summer.


We have all seen dogs and even cats pant when they are stressed from high temperatures, and breathing rapidly (panting) helps the body rid itself of excess heat. If we think back to the cold days of winter, we know that when we breathe out into the cold we can see our breath in small clouds because it is hot in the frigid air. Many species of animals get rid of excess body heat by panting. Perhaps you have even noticed birds in the summer walking around or perching with their beaks open — they are panting when they do this. The air sacs in their high-functioning respiratory systems help the lungs, through panting, to rid their bodies of excess heat in much the same way as in Evaporative cooling. Keeping your animals hydrated and using evaporative technology will help keep your animals cool and free from panting.


 

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MOTORCYCLIST TAKE NOTICE, THERE IS A SOLUTION TO KEEPING COMFORTABLE DURING THE SUMMER. For everyone who is die hard about riding a motorcycle in the Summer Heat, you know it can be more then brutal! There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when preping for a ride. Do i have enough water, Did i put sunscreen on, Is it cloudy out, should i wear a long sleeve shirt, do i feel like riding in an oven today? With the HyperKewl Deluxe Sport Vest with Detachable Sleeves that Cool and Hot Technology offers these concerns will be no more. The complete coverage that the vest provides and the cooling relief it delivers while riding a motorcycle is nothing short of amazing! This style is so versatile it gives you the option to remove the full sleeves by just unzipping for those times when you only need the vest. There is nothing more satisfying then cruising the open road cool and comfortable! 

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