Working Outside in the Heat

By: Stacy Berman
By: Stacy Berman

May 30, 2006

As the mercury soared pass 90 degrees Tuesday, people around town tried to spend as little time outdoors as possible. However, if your job was outside, you had to find some way to deal with the heat.

The average temperature for this time of year is 80 degrees, but on Tuesday the temperature was 15 degrees higher, so people who work outside had to find some way to cope with the heat.

"I think everybody slows down a little, and is mindful when it's hot. You can get overheated easy," explained Tom Bain, a contractor working at a site.

Erynn Jones, a server at the Hamilton at First and Main Restaurant on the Downtown Mall, did not like the heat. "The heat is overwhelming. The humidity just goes in your lungs and you are [gasping] but I think if you don't think about it and you just continue working, it's not as horrible as it could be," she explained.

"It's a little bit HOT, but we have to stay outside, we need some money," said Tashi Tsomo, a merchant at the Downtown Mall.

Staying hydrated is important. People who are constantly outside are used to the heat, but it doesn't make it any easier.

"We have to make sure they have plenty of fluids. Keep an eye on the equipment--make sure it doesn't get too hot", said Bain.

"Constantly drinking water, whenever I need it, I have it," explained Jones.

Heat related illnesses can happen when people are outside for an extended time, so Tom and his crew know what to look for if someone gets over heated.

"You get too hot, you get overheated, you start feeling cold, dizzy, you need to get out of the heat right away," he explained.

So if you have to spend the day working outside in this heat, the best place to work would be in the shade.

"It's a very nice breeze in the shade, under the shade," said Tsomo, who works under some large trees.

Don't let the heat discourage you; cooler temperatures are on the way, you just might have to wait a few days.

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