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Valdosta sends heat-warning to outdoor workers

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

"Whether it be their working outside, exercising or just enjoying being outdoors is who we would talk to and encourage to take these steps of making sure they do not become overheated on a day to day basis," said Courtney Sheeley.

Sheeley is the Risk Communicator for the Department of Public health in Valdosta.

She said there are important precautions that all outdoor workers should be aware of during South Georgia summers.

The basics start with wearing light, loose-fitting clothes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Another one... pay attention to how your body is feeling.

"You know if it get way to hot, like it's hot now, but it's not as hot as its gonna get and we recommend that they stop and take as many breaks as they need too, cause they know their own body," said Anthony Musgrove.

Musgrove, the operations superintendent, said he keeps a close eye on his employees in this heat.

"In the past we've had to cut the days a little shorter cause it's hot, extremely hot and what we will do is alter the times, we'll come in a little earlier," said Musgrove.

If you're not sure when you've had enough outside... be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion.

The Department of Public Health said symptoms can consist of extreme weakness, nausea, muscle cramps or a headache days before it can actually occur.

Joey Jones, a crew leader for one of the city worker's groups said it's really simple.

If you love your job, do your best to stay healthy and keep it.

"It's a tough job, yeah. If this job is not for you and know you don't want to do it, then it ain't for you. Do it right, or don't even do it at all unless you do it right," said Jones.

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