5. Canvassing When It’s Too Hot
If you’re like me, you may look forward to canvassing outdoors in the summer. However, according to the website, Best Health—too much sunshine and “too little attention to our bodies’ signals can result in serious consequences.” Field workers canvass roughly 6 to 8 hours a day and may not know that this prolonged exposure to extreme heat can make it difficult for the body to cool itself. Heat illnesses can result in hospitalization and (I don’t mean to scare you), even death, states the health library on John Hopkins Medicine.
If you are out on the field and you experience pain or spasms, typically in the abdominal region, arms or legs, this may be a symptom of heat cramps. If you’re experiencing the following: heavy sweating; pale, cool and/or clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; headache; weakness; fainting or dizziness; fatigue; rapid pulse; quick, shallow breathing; body temperature as high as 104 degrees F, this may be heat exhaustion.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a wealth of information on their website. If you are interested in more information before you canvass in the extreme heat, I urge you to visit it. I’ll leave in the footnotes.1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Emergency Preparedness and Response: Extreme Heat Prevention Guide.” Last updated Sept. 22, 2015. http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp
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|1.||↑||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Emergency Preparedness and Response: Extreme Heat Prevention Guide.” Last updated Sept. 22, 2015. http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp|