4 Tips to Stay Safe During DIY Summer Roofing Projects
The United States has already seen some extremely high temperatures, and it’s a safe bet to assume they’ll continue throughout the summer.
If you plan on executing a summer roofing project yourself, it’s necessary to take proper steps to stay safe in the heat.
Heat-related illnesses are no joke; heatstroke fatalities occur annually and heat exhaustion contributes to countless accidents. Thankfully, with a few precautions, you can stay safe and beat the heat while performing a DIY roofing project.
1. Let the weather be your ally
Schedule your DIY roofing project before or after the sun is at its most intense. Either start in the morning before the sun’s rays get too intense or wait until late in the afternoon.
Depending on the direction of your roof, you may be able to work on the west side of the roof first to avoid direct sunlight, and the east side later on once the sun has passed its peak position.
2. Drink plenty of water, and then drink some more
Fill up a giant water bottle or even consider bringing a small cooler up on the roof with you.
Staying hydrated is incredibly important; it combats heat exhaustion and keeps your mind sharp during the roofing project. The U.S. Department of Labor suggests drinking a significant amount of water every 15 minutes.
Wearing appropriate clothing will also keep you safe while working on the roof in the summer. Long-sleeved, light-colored clothing, as well as a brimmed hat, will protect against sunburn. Don’t forget the sunscreen, too!
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3. Be aware of heat illness symptoms
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are the two heat-related illnesses you need to watch out for while working on your roof during the summer. A key number to remember is that a body temperature of 104 degrees is extremely likely to be suffering from heatstroke.
If you don’t have a thermometer handy, other symptoms include:
- Flushed skin
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Throbbing headaches
- Changes in mental state
- Rapid heart rate
4. Work in intervals
Rooftops can reach extremely high temperatures in the summer, so limit the amount of time you spend working on the project. Break up the project into intervals and rest in a cool, shaded area.
The longer you spend on the roof the more likely you’ll be susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Furthermore, materials and tools left on the roof can become quite hot to the touch. Wear gloves to protect your hands from scorching shingles, hammers, and other equipment.
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