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Working patrol in the heat: Tips for officers to guard against heat-related injuries

Gordon Graham offers practical tips to minimize the risk of heat illness, including dressing in lightweight, light-colored clothing, taking regular breaks in a cool place and more

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Heat-related injuries are a significant concern, especially in states like California, which leads in heat-related deaths among farm workers.

However, the risk extends beyond agriculture. Many outdoor professions, including police officers, are at risk, particularly those in roles such as motorcycle officers.

In this video, Gordon Graham, Lexipol co-founder and risk management expert, offers some practical tips to minimize the risk of heat illness. And don’t forget: if you can’t recall the signs and symptoms of heat illness, then make sure to refresh your first aid training to stay prepared.

Get more tips from Gordon here.

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Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973. He spent nearly 10 years as a very active motorcycle officer while also attending Cal State Long Beach to achieve his teaching credential, USC to do his graduate work in Safety and Systems Management with an emphasis on Risk Management, and Western State University to obtain his law degree. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and also admitted to the California State Bar and immediately opened his law offices in Los Angeles.