As job sites go, construction sites are very dangerous. Between sharp tools, heavy equipment, and people and materials positioned many stories high, the potential for accidents looms large. As a result, if you are working at a construction site, or are there simply for a visit, here are eight things to keep in mind.

Put Away Your Cell Phone
Rather than staring at your cell phone, put it away and be aware of your surroundings. By doing so, you’ll keep yourself from a potentially serious accident. According to studies, texting continuously can be as distracting as if you were drunk, so put off sending that message.

Wear Protective Footwear
If you’re working at a site, always wear protective footwear, such as steel-toed boots. While bulky and heavy, the steel-toed part can protect your toes from being crushed if a heavy object falls on them.

Stay Hydrated
According to the Department of Labor, the construction industry accounts for 40 percent of all heat-related worker deaths. Rather than become a statistic, drink four cups of water per hour to stay hydrated.

Watch Out for Cords
Since there will be plenty of equipment being used, always look to make sure you don’t trip or run over extension cords. To be safe, always try to position cords up against a wall.

Wear Sunscreen
If you work in construction, you’ll be out in the sun most if not all day. Because of this, plan on wearing plenty of sunscreen. According to dermatologists, using a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher will reduce the chances of getting skin cancer by 50 percent.

First-Aid Training
At most construction companies, workers are trained in basic first aid and CPR. Therefore, always know where the first aid kits are located, as well as automatic defibrillators in the event of an emergency.

Wear Your Hardhat
While you may think it’s unnecessary or is bulky and uncomfortable, wearing a hardhat can literally save your life. So rather than let a stray tool or piece of wood fall from high above and quickly turn you into a death statistic, keep your hardhat on at all times.

Clean Up Your Work Area
At the end of the day, always be sure to clean up your work area. By not leaving tools, materials, or anything else out where people can easily take them, you’ll prevent theft, which will cost the company time and money.