The Australian heat has officially kicked into overdrive over the past course of January. With no signs of it dying down anytime soon, we must all make it a priority to keep ourselves cool while conducting outdoor activities.

At Paul’s Rubbish, our teams are always out on the open road. As much as we love the great outdoors, the recent Sydney heatwave sure does pose a challenge. Well, in our many years of servicing Sydney locals, we’ve picked up a few tricks we can share with you.

While we covered this topic in a previous post a few months ago, we thought we’d revisit it to stress the importance of staying protected in the heat.

Here are the top 3 things you can do to ensure you’re always in tip-top shape when outdoors.

1. Stay hydrated with water

When leaving the house in the morning, always make sure to pack yourself with a bottle of cool water. If you’re heading out to work for the day, make sure your workplace has refillable water tanks that you can use.

If you know water will be hard to access during your day, then be prepared and pack!

All adults should be staying hydrated through the day. This means assuming no less than 2 litres of water per day. If you’re constantly exerting energy throughout the day doing physical activities, then make sure to drink more.

2. Wear a hat/headgear

This is something that most people overlook. If you know you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time throughout the day, wear a hat!

The Aussie sun can be relentless in the summer. Don’t be caught out without head gear.

A hat or any form of equivalent headgear can provide both shade for your face and your neck. If you’re going to be out working in the sun, then make this a must. For added sun protection, also think about wearing sunglasses.

Worksafe Victoria recommends the following clothing types to ensure you’re as protected and cool as possible when working in the sun.

  • Choose clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Refer to the UPF rating, which should be on the label, and choose clothing with the highest rating. Close-weave fabric with a UPF of 30+ or greater offers excellent protection and would suit most applications. Where fabric does not have a UPF rating, the rule of thumb is that UV radiation will penetrate if light can be seen through it.
  • Consider appropriate fit and comfort. Sun protection garments are available in lightweight, comfortable fabric.

3. Wear sunscreen

Sunscreen can provide vital protection from the sun and protect you from various forms of deadly skin cancers. While we understand that this won’t exactly keep you cool, it’s crucial to your skin’s well-being when working outdoors.

We hope you’ve found these 3 tips handy. While most of these things are common sense, it’s important that we remember them at all times when going about our daily work routines.

At Paul’s Rubbish, we make it our mission to ensure all our employees undergo best sun-safety practices. Don’t be caught out in the Sydney sun. Be smart and protect you and your family from the heat.

If you require rubbish removal services in Sydney, then let our boys do the heavy lifting. We’ll make sure your junk is removed in the most efficient matter. Stay cool and indoors while we take care of the job!

Sarah Ann