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High temperatures mean possible danger for workers outside

Herman Wesley owns Boss Hog Landscaping. Herman Wesley owns Boss Hog Landscaping.
EMS Director Greg Rowe says the heat can sneak up on people, so it's important to take breaks. EMS Director Greg Rowe says the heat can sneak up on people, so it's important to take breaks.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Another day with temperatures near 100 degrees means serious business and possible danger for those that work outside.

Herman Wesley and his brothers know how hot South Georgia can get in the summer. Wesley enjoys working outside, but understands the heat can be dangerous, and has suffered from heat exhaustion.

"Recently I got kind of dizzy and warm and light headed, and when you get light headed it's just best to sit down in a cool spot and drink plenty of Gatorade and water and see if you feel better. If not, you might just want to let it go for that particular day," said Wesley, who owns Boss Hog Landscaping.

Wesley and his brothers sometimes mow as many as eight lawns in a day, so they do their best to stay hydrated.

"This time of year you have to drink a lot of Gatorade or water, especially in the afternoon hours. It's best if you have landscaping work, to do it in the morning. That way you can kick back in the afternoon," Wesley said.

EMS Director Greg Rowe says the heat can sneak up on people, so it's important to take breaks.

"We run into that quite a bit and that's usually the story we get," said Rowe. "You know, I was trying to get one more job done, or trying to finish this project that I'm working on. And we all don't want to leave something undone, so they don't take any breaks."

And their call volume tends to increase when the extreme heat hits.

"When it goes from 80s to low 90s and jumps up like that, we get a lot of calls at that point because people really haven't conditioned themselves for it. They get out there and do the same thing they've been doing whether it's someone working on a farm ,somebody doing lawn care, roofing, or anything outdoors."

He says people who aren't used to being outside in the heat should take extra precautions.

Rowe says water is great but sports drinks help replace important nutrients your body may have lost while outside.

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