Your skin constantly renews and heals, yet damage can penetrate the many layers and leave permanent scars. Skin cancer is one of the biggest concerns with overexposure to the sun. If you work outside regularly, you need to protect your skin. Here are some tips to help you stay safe when working outside, even if you are regularly on rooftops replacing shingles.
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re installing a new roof or hanging gutters. But the damage from the sun won’t slow down because you’re working hard. You may be tempted to take off your shirt on a hot day, but this will leave the sensitive skin on your back exposed. Keep a shirt on to protect your back form the sun’s UV rays.
Any exposed skin can burn. Experienced roofers know that the sunlight bounces off the shingles on a roof, burning places like the bottom of your jaw that aren’t normally affected. Before heading out to work in the morning, apply a generous layer of sunscreen. Include the jaw, neck, earlobes and even the eyelids for protection. To prevent severe burn lines, apply sun block before slipping on the work shirt. Reapply the sun block every few hours. One easy way to apply more sun block is to invest in aerosol sun blocks that are easy to use and highly effective.
Sunglasses look cool and help protect your sensitive eyes from the sun. They will block the sun, protect the eyes and help reduce glare that could cause you to lose your footing while on the roof. A baseball cap or other hat with large brim can provide you with additional protection as it shields your face and neck.
Jeans may get a little warm when the Oklahoma City weather heats up, but they will protect your skin. Not only will you be safe from the sun, but your skin will also be safe from the granules on the shingles that are being installed and they will provide some protection from any splinters in the exposed wood deck.
Drinking more water is vital. Water is necessary to help you stay hydrated in warm conditions, especially when you need the clothes on for protection. It’s better for your skin and overall health.
At Robbins Roofing, Inc., we care about our employees and want them to stay healthy. These tips offered here are useful not only for our roofers, but also for any landscaper or other contractor who spends most of his or her time working outside. For more tips and information about our company or our services, visit us on Facebook.