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Heat-Related Emergencies: Staying Cool and Hydrated in Canadian Summers

Heat-related emergencies occur when the body becomes dehydrated, which may result in an increased body temperature. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, can happen to anyone who stays in the summer heat and sun for too long.

It is important for everyone outdoors to know how to prevent heat emergencies, recognize when someone has been in the heat for too long, and be able to provide help when needed.

The Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Emergencies

·         Cramps or muscle tightening, usually in the legs and abdomen but they can be in other parts of the body

·         Headache

·         Nausea

·         Dizziness, weakness, and feeling faint

·         Skin that is redder or paler than usual, or moist skin

·         Rapid shallow breathing

·         Irritable, bizarre, or aggressive behavior

How to Help

·         Move the person to a cooler location

·         Give the person cool water to drink in sips

·         Have the person loosen any tight clothing

·         Fan the person

·         Put cool water on the person’s skin

·         If the person’s condition is severe, put covered ice packs in each armpit and on the back of the person’s neck

·         Call for help (EMS/9-1-1)

When you’re hot you sweat more than normal, so you need to drink more to replace the water your body is losing. Drink plenty of cool fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty, but avoid caffeine and alcohol. They can cause dehydration, which stops your body from controlling its temperature properly.

Preventing Heat-Related Emergencies

·         Drink plenty of cool fluids — this is the most important step you can take.

·         Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.

·         Know the humidex rating — it combines the temperature and humidity to indicate how hot, humid weather feels to the average person.

·         Wear light, loose clothing to let air circulate and heat escape and always wear a hat.

·         Apply sunscreen (with SPF 15 or higher) as sunburned skin reduces the body’s ability to cool itself.

Take breaks in a cool or shady area to let your body cool off.

 

Source: www.redcross.ca 

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Due to the low oil prices there has been a definite turn down in the economy; however oil companies are still set to spend $24 billion on capital work in 2015.

The majority of this capital work will be focused around the major companies such as Suncor, CNRL and Shell.

To date THOMAS Insulation Inc. is well positioned for a steady volume of work in 2015.

 

We have experienced a substantial increase of work in the last month or so and more coming to us in the next couple of months that should carry us through to the end of the year. 

Contact us for job opportunities in Insulation and Glycol Heat Tracing.

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When an hourly or field employee commences employment with a Merit member company, an Hour Bank “account” is opened. The employer must report all hours worked by the employee. Each month, 150 hours are deducted to pay for a month of benefit coverage. If there are more hours in the account than are needed to pay for coverage, the excess hours accumulate.

Beginning with January 2015 hours, the maximum number of hours that can be held in an individual’s Hour Bank account has been increased from 800 to 1,200. Those hours can be used to pay for up to eight months of benefits if no further hours are reported. The accumulation of excess hours enables unemployed individuals to maintain coverage between jobs, and assists seasonal workers in maintaining coverage during periods of lay-off.

Once an employee’s Hour Bank account has reached the 1,200-hour maximum, employers must continue to report all hours worked. When hours are reported for an employee whose account balance is 1,200 (after the deduction of 150 hours to pay for benefits), those hours are “forfeited”. It is important to note that forfeited hours are not lost. Instead, they are credited to the Hour Bank Plan itself rather than to the individual employee’s Hour Bank account. As a result, forfeited hours benefit all employers and employees participating in the Hour Bank Plan by reducing required premiums.

Source: News of Merit

For more information, please go to https://www.merconbenefits.com/benefitsplan/ or call 1-877-263-7266

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THOMAS Insulation Inc. is about to release the second issue of their Newsletter. If you would like to receive this Newsletter via e-mail, please click here Consent-Form.pdf to sign and send it to newsletter@thomasinsulation.ca or fax to 403-275-3666

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Thomas Insulation Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of their new mobile web site featuring online job application forms and blog.

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