When it heats up, workers must take extra precautions

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Asher Redd

Temperatures over the past few weeks have been flirting with or even screaming past 100 degrees, but cooler days are still a ways away.

With how hot it’s been, those who work outdoors know better than most that it’s imperative to be careful so the sun doesn’t turn an already tough job into a potential health hazard.

“Even in the morning time it’s still pretty hot, and then going into the late afternoon, even 7 or 8, you still have that heat that’s just been sitting there baking all day long,” said Tuscaloosa Car Detailing employee Nick Nelson.

But Nelson has some tricks up his sleeve for cooling down.

“Having someone spray me down definitely helps me keep me cool, of course,” Nelson said.

If you’re not lucky enough to work around water, be sure you’re drinking plenty of it and staying in the shade as much as possible.

Ober the past 30 days, Alabama has had 28 days with an average temperature above 90 degrees.

“The sun out here doesn’t hide in Alabama,” said McKinney’s Auto One Stop Shop employee Jaderic Pickens said. “It doesn’t hide, and there’s nowhere to hide.”

Tips for working out in the sun include:

  • Hydrate hydrate HYDRATE
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Wear sun protection
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