A Safety Message About Avoiding Heat Stress And Summer Safety (3)

“Summer Safety”

One of America’s favorite summer snack foods isn’t American at all and was created purely out of necessity. Can you guess what it is?
The story begins at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, an event that drew thousands from countries all around the world to see the amazing attractions.
But our story takes us to a small food concession stand, run by a chef named Anton Feuchtwanger. Chef Anton had traveled all the way from his home in Bavaria to introduce America to the unique dishes of his homeland, including his specialty, sizzling hot sausage.
The irresistible aroma of the cooking sausage drew many fair-goers to Anton’s stand, but a problem soon emerged. Anton insisted that the sausage be served piping hot to enjoy its full flavor, but it was too hot to handle. Anton tried everything to entice people to try his specialty-he even tried giving out white gloves to protect the hands of his customers. Nothing seemed to work.
In desperation, he finally hit upon a solution. Anton began serving the sausage between the halves of a long roll of bread. His sizzling hot sausage with bread was an immediate hit-one that we enjoy to this day as the American hot dog.
Hot dogs are as much a part of summer as sunshine and vacations. But there’s one more very important part of summer-safety.
Whether you’re on the job or off, don’t let the excitement of the summer cause you to lose sight of safety. All the safety rules and regulations still apply-especially in the summer. For example, if you have a vacation planned, be extra careful during the days leading up to your time off. You don’t want to risk an accident because your attention is elsewhere.
If your work takes you outdoors, pay extra attention to the warning signs of heat stress. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes. Take frequent breaks in the shade. And stay fit year-round to withstand stresses more easily.
Of course, take care to drive safely during the summer when traffic is at its peak. And be careful when using ladders, lawn mowers and other tools around the house.
It’s up to you to know and follow these and other summer safety guidelines. Remember….
Summer Fun Ahead!
Work Safe
Play Safe

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