Tips to Protect Your Crews and Skip-Line Equipment from the Inclement Summer Heat Wave

It’s hot out there!

Make sure to take precautions to protect your crew and your equipment. While overheating Skip-Line equipment is commonly only found in the hotter regions of the world, the heatwave hitting the west in North America has shown that extreme temperatures can happen anywhere, even our own backyard. 

We’re happy to report that heat related damages are usually a quick repair once it’s been sent in, getting your truck back in service within the shortest amount of time possible. But when it comes to your crew, overheating can be deadly. 

Signs of Heat Related Illness

Heat can be the cause of multiple different illnesses. Here is a list of symptoms that may mean someone is experiencing one such illness. For more information, you can visit the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NOISH) page on the topic, found here.  

Keep an eye out for:

  • Headache, Nausea, lightheadedness, or Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Confusion and slurred speech
  • Fainting, passing out, or loss of consciousness
  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Seizures
  • Very high body temperature
  • Muscle cramps, pain, or spasms
  • weakness
  • Rash

The CDC has made a one page reference available, breaking down each heat related illness, what its symptoms are, and what to do if a crew member begins showing symptoms. That reference is available here. 

It is our recommendation that a copy of this information is kept quickly and easily accessible to the crew.

Precautions You Can Take:

  • Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15-20 minutes)
  • Check in on your crewmates frequently to make sure everyone feels fine
  • Wear light, loose-fitting and breathable clothing
  • Avoid eating large meals before working in the heat
  • Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages during working hours (due to their dehydrating effects)
  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin
  • Immediately alert your crewmates if you feel any of the symptoms listed above

For more information, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/

Overheating in Skip-Line Hardware:

Typically, overheating will result in a loss of function in the equipment until repairs are made. If, during operation in extreme heat, you begin to see unexpected behaviors from your equipment such as issues with the display, you may need to power the equipment down to allow it to cool. However, if the equipment ceases to function all together during operation in extreme heat, it is very likely due to overheating. Send your equipment in for repair, and the affected parts will be replaced. Click here to download our repair form.

SC-12 / MST-14 Devices Operating Temperatures

Please refer to the operating temperatures of the SC-12 and MST-14 devices below.  

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Summer Giveaway Promotion

To help you battle the hot temperatures we are giving away 25 hydration packs that include a water bottle, cool towel, and sunglasses! Like, share and tag a friend to participate.  See our Facebook page for more details.

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