Installing an awning at your business is more than just a business addition, it is also good business sense. This post will explore why.
Commercial Awnings and Heat-Related Illness
There is no gentle way to say it. This time of year, Tucson is not just warm, not just hot, it can be life-threatening hot. Heat-related illness is a big health problem in Tucson. An unfortunate fact of life in Arizona is that most of the big cities here including Tucson are in the hotter parts of the state.
According to WEBMD.COM: Heat exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures for several days and have become dehydrated.
There are two types of heat exhaustion:
Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.
Salt depletion. Signs include nausea and vomiting, frequent muscle cramps, and dizziness.
Although heat exhaustion isn’t as serious as heat stroke, it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death.
Treatment for Heat Exhaustion
If you, or anyone else, has symptoms of heat exhaustion, it’s essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned room. If you can’t get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.
Other recommended strategies include:
Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol).
Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.
If such measures fail to provide relief within 30 minutes, contact a doctor because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke. [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]
One of the most effective ways of preventing heat stroke is to provide shade, and if you have a sidewalk leading into your business, something as simple as awning installation can help reduce the risk of heat exhaustion. And as a business owner, there are some things to be aware of.
Not Installing Shade Can Cost You
While there is no law in place governing whether or not you should install shade at your place of business, you will definitely want to do it because of potential liability. For example, let’s say you have a restaurant, and you have an elderly customer waiting outside in the heat. If something happens as a result of them being out in the heat when they didn’t have to, they could potentially sue your business. Installing shade is a cost effective way of reducing liability. However, you want to install shade for another reason.
You want to send a silent message to your customers. You want them to know you care about them. So if they have to wait in the heat, give them water whenever possible, and make sure they have a place to sit. And one of the best ways to protect them is to install commercial shade structures.
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