Beat the Heat: Cover All Your Bases and Base Layers.

27 Jul

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Summer is in full swing, and the question on everyone’s mind is: “How do I help my guys stay cool in the hot summer months?” In fact, it may be the #1 question we at Bulwark receive this time of year, every year. That’s why we’re here to help guide you with some cold, hard facts.

 

1. Remember the 3 Rs: Rehydrate, Rest and Recognize

Rehydrate: Drink cold water consistently throughout the day—even before you feel thirsty.

Rest: Take breaks in shaded/air-conditioned areas:

  • Especially in mid-afternoon, when daytime temps hit their peak and the sun is at its strongest.
  • Shorter, more frequent work/rest cycles are best.

Recognize: Learn to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness in yourself and others:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

 

2. NEVER Cheat In The Heat: Wear It Right

Keep sleeves rolled down, shirts buttoned all the way up, and tucked in. Remember: FR clothing can only protect you if you wear it correctly.

 

3. The Right Base Layers Boost Comfort

  • Wicking base layers pull perspiration off the skin, encouraging faster evaporation and increased comfort.
  • FR base layers add protection and can even allow for a lighter weight shirt without sacrificing your arc rating.
  • ALWAYS select an FR base layer.
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