Health & Safety

June 15, 2012

Critical Days of Summer

Stay hydrated to prevent heat injury

by Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

 

Facts

  • The amount of fluids a person needs depends on a variety of things including body size, sweat rate, amount of activity and environment.
  • Under normal circumstances, women should consume at least 91 ounces of fluid a day and men at least 125.
  • Only 45 to 50 percent of daily hydration comes from drinking water. Eating food accounts for about 35 percent and the rest comes from metabolism.
  • It’s easier to stay hydrated when eating a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables. For example, lettuce is 95 percent water.

Source: Institute of Medicine of the National Academie
 
 
 

Q&A 

Q. Have there been any heat-related injuries at Luke Air Force Base?

A. Yes, last year there were three heat-related injuries recorded. This year, there has already been one recorded incident.

 

Q. What about the maintainers out on the flightline who don’t really have the opportunity to take frequent breaks? How can they stay hydrated?

A. They have been issuing camelbacks for flightline workers to make it easier to hydrate. Maintainers should also be adhering to the work/rest cycle as much as possible, by taking frequent breaks in the shade and staying hydrated. Their supervisors, expediters and superintendents should be ensuring they all have the ability to hydrate.

 

Q. What if you are doing unit PT outside and aren’t allowed to stop and rest?

A. The unit PT leader should figure in rest breaks for water in between sets.

Source: Staff Sgt. Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing ground safety technician

 

 

Taking frequent breaks while drinking water and staying hydrated helps the body to cool down and helps reduce the possibility of heat-related injuries.

— Staff Sgt. Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing ground safety technician

 




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