Tips for working in extreme heat

When you work on a farm, it is safe to say that you tend to work rain or shine, to a reasonable extent. Unless the weather is so drastic it is actually preventing you from getting farm work done, the work continues as farming and agriculture are rather time-sensitive.

While it makes sense that farm work is carried out regardless of weather conditions (within reason), this doesn’t mean that working in crazy weather is enjoyable. I’m someone who is a bit of a baby when it comes to dealing with cold temperatures; once I’m chilled to the bone, the only way I’m warming up is if I take a scalding shower. On the other end of the spectrum, though, is extreme heat. Allow me to clarify I do enjoy me a solid dry heat, but not humidity. I cannot stand humidity, and that shit is deadly for anyone working outdoors when there is an elevated UV index. It makes breathing quite difficult, and you sweat like a whore in church standing still.

It ain’t fun.

With the ridiculous heat we had this past Wednesday, I found myself resorting to things I do out of desperation when I’m working outside and it’s hotter than Satan’s asshole. I thought I would share with all of you.

  • This one is a given, but stay hydrated. When you’re sweating everything out, it is extremely important you’re putting it back in.
  • Throw a damp cloth in the freezer and let it sit for 20 minutes or so. Take it out and shove it in your shirt or around your neck to stay cool.
  • Take breaks. I try to take a five-minute break every 30 minutes or so to avoid getting heat stroke.
  • Rest for a few minutes in the shade wherever you can.
  • Wear a hat and wear sunglasses.
  • Douse yourself in cold water and soak your clothes, too. Once they’re dry, repeat.

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