How to beat Tuscaloosa’s soaring heat

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Asher Redd

Everything we have always hated about summer hit us like a Mack truck yesterday, but this is only the beginning.

Monday saw temperatures hit 96 degrees, even though it felt much hotter. Temperatures are set to only increase as the week continues.

Kevin Lancaster, who is the superintendent of McAbee Construction, explained how he and his workers stay safe in the soaring summer heat.

“We have a safety meeting in the morning, first thing, and we talk about the day’s project and what we’re going to be working on, and we always make sure everybody stays hydrated and stays cool and wears cool clothing,” he said.

Having plenty of water on hand for every person is at the top of each day’s agenda.

“We make sure we have plenty of water for them, and we have coolers scattered around to where they can get water just a few feet from wherever they’re working at.”

Chief of EMS at Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Chris Holloway said heat exhaustion can be prevented with a little common sense and a lot of water.

“A typical person that’s inside that’s just sitting in an office, you probably need to drink at least four bottles a day, but if you’re outside doing any kind of work or anything, it’s more like ten,” he explained.

Signs of heat exhaustion include fatigue, nausea, dehydration, excessive sweating, and headaches.

For more information on staying safe this summer, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

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