Mailman Fights Summer Sun

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

July 9, 2007

Monday is the hottest day of the year thus far and many are seeking refuge inside, but some have no choice but to be out in the heat.

Paul Shettel walks eight miles a day delivering mail in Charlottesville.

He says he knows that on hot days, his route will take about an hour longer to complete. That is because he takes many breaks to stay cool. He also drinks water, wears light clothing, and has some help from his boss.

"When it is this excessively hot, you take breaks as you need it," explained Shettel. "You don't want to fall over from heat stroke. They tell you take breaks and drink lots of water. Occasionally the supervisors will come around with water."

There is one perk of working on a hot day: no dogs. Shettel says, owners keep their pets inside, which means he does not have to worry about the, sometimes, unfriendly canines.

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