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Staying cool in summer heat

June 15, 2005

Albany - It's arguably the hottest job in town. "Hot man, it's hot. Real hot," says construction worker Contralla Davis. He says, "I think this has been the hottest day this whole week."

The higher you go, the hotter it is. "The roof's the hottest part I think, every job I've had, I've done a lot of jobs, the roof's the hottest place to be," says Lee North. So how do you stay hydrated when it's so hot?

Chad Fann says, "Try to drink a lot of water, stay in the shade."

And take a break from time to time. North says, "Many, many breaks, you have to. If you keep going, you would end up hurting yourself."

It's not just workers who can get hurt. Pets need shade and plenty of water, and kids are at risk too. "They really don't care how hot it is, they'll play all day long, that's why we try to schedule water breaks for them so they can get themselves hydrated," says Corey Joyner, Recreation Supervisor at Thornton Community Center.

But most importantly listen to your body, it will alert you when you need to cool down. North says, "I've gotten real pale, shakes and stuff, that might have been a little taste of it, but I was able to cool off and everything and you can tell when it's getting too hot."

Other signs of a possible heat stroke or heat exhaustion are cramps, and lightheadedness as well as weakness, dizziness and nausea. Move to a cool area, drink one or more non-alcoholic or decaffeinated fluids for the next several hours. And if your symptoms don't improve, see a doctor.

 Almost 200 people die every year from exposure to excessive heat.

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