Tips for staying safe during the humidity

When it's humid outside it is important for people who spend a lot of time in the heat to be safe and drink fluids.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – With the temperatures making it feel like summer a little early, something that is coming with the heat is humidity.

Humidity is the sticky moist feeling in the air that can turn straight hair curly.

Dew point is the measure of atmospheric moisture in the air. Meteorologists use a dew point scale to determine how comfortable or how muggy it might be feeling outside. The higher the dew point the more moisture is in the air. When dew point is in the 40’s it is considered comfortable outside. When dew points reach up into the upper 60’s and lower 70’s, that’s when it starts to feel uncomfortable. It can be explained as the “closeness the air is to saturation.”

The 22News Storm Team Dew Point Scale is a great reference to use to help to understand how the air feels outside.

For people whose jobs are outside, like the landscapers at G&H Landscaping, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated in the heat and humidity. They have monthly meetings to go over the importance of staying hydrated.

Gary Courchesne of G&H Landscaping in Holyoke tells 22News how safety comes first. 

“We tell them to pace themselves like anyone would do. We have earlier start times so we can beat the heat. We tell them to stay hydrated during our normal practices, morning breaks, lunch breaks, afternoon breaks,” said Courchesne.

Drinking plenty of fluids when it’s hot and humid is important especially when you’re outside.

Courchesne also told 22News how important it is to drink from a water bottle and not a hose.

“One of the safety concerns is drinking out of a hose, which is not uncommon when your out in the field. So drinking from a hose you can end up with a very bad viral infection from the bacteria that builds up in the hose during the static times,” said Courchesne.

You will basically be drinking bacteria if you drink from a hose when working outside.

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