5 Tips to Beat the Summer Heat
With summer fast approaching and the temperature rising, many individuals find themselves retreating indoors, seeking refuge in air-conditioned offices and comfortable workspaces. However, for others who work outdoors, the scorching heat of summer presents a unique set of challenges.
We take the safety of the couriers that use our app very seriously and with the summer season upon us, want to help to ensure that couriers who use our platform are given enough opportunities to stay cool and hydrated. Keep reading for 5 Glovo initiatives dedicated to Couriers that are designed to help them cool off in the summer sizzle.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
One of the most crucial aspects of being in the heat is staying properly hydrated. That’s why we’ve organized water pit stops which have been distributed in Glovo Centers and Micro-fulfilment centers in various cities. In South Western and South Eastern Europe, there is an app couriers can use to identify where the nearest public fountains and toilets are. It’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day, even before you feel thirsty.
Take Frequent Breaks
Always listen to your body and take frequent breaks to rest and recover. A local park or green space is the perfect spot to relax, rehydrate, and recuperate from the sun. We recommend couriers to not exceed a maximum of 10 hours using the app per day with regular breaks and send out alerts during extreme weather conditions including information on the nearest location to access drinking water.
Before delving into strategies for being in the heat, it’s essential to recognize the potential risks associated with prolonged exposure. Be aware of these risks and take necessary precautions to ensure your well-being. Any Courier who is feeling ill has access to an SOS button in the app they can tap to connect them directly to emergency services.
Thanks to the Courier’s Pledge, couriers have access to coverage for health and accident insurance in case they have an accident while using the app. In the case that a courier needs medical attention due to extreme heat, they will be covered by insurance provided. You can find out more in the Safety Section of the Courier’s website.
Dress Smartly & Safely
Choosing the right clothing and the use of sunscreen can significantly impact your comfort level and safety while being in the heat. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics that allow air circulation, such as cotton or linen. Loose-fitting clothing in lighter colors can also help reflect the sun’s rays and keep you cooler. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF before heading outdoors, and reapply it regularly, especially if you’re sweating profusely. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that offer UV protection to safeguard against harmful rays.
Be sure to check the Safety Clothing section of the GlovoStore for clothing options that you can buy and to help combat extreme weather.
Being outside in the heat of summer can pose its challenges. One of our priorities is ensuring the wellbeing of Couriers who use the app as we work to ensure they are able to stay hydrated, protect themselves from the sun, and take breaks when needed.