Employees find ways to beat the heat during summer months

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - With triple-digit temperatures comes a number of health risks for anyone outdoors, but for some carpenters like, Christian Bovo being outdoors for a long period of time is not an option.

"When it's hot it just makes everything that much more worse," Bovo said. "All the attitude comes out from everybody."

Every year thousands of people suffer from heat-related injuries like heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat strokes.

To avoid any type of heat stress Bovo and his team stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if they don't feel thirsty.

"About every hour I go to the cooler and grab a water poke a hole in the top with a nail and I spray my hair down and make sure its all wet," Bovo said.

During the summer Bovo and his team come in earlier than usual to get the job done before temperatures hit triple-digits.

This is a tip that Freddie Leal who works for a concrete company also follows.

"We come in at six o'clock sometimes seven o'clock and get off at three-thirty," Leal said.

The American Red Cross says there are many symptoms of heat-related emergencies like heavy sweating, headaches, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or loss of consciousness, so taking frequent breaks is a must for Leal and his team.

However, there is one specific group who fights two kinds of heat.

"The extra bulk the extra weight it just wears on you a little bit, and if the humidity is up we will see more problems with the heat," said WFFD assistant fire chief, Donald Hughes.

Hughes said during the summer, extra staff comes along to give everyone a chance to take more breaks.

"The initial attack company whenever they are done with the fire we bring them out, take their coats off and cool them and make sure they have plenty to drink," Hughes said. "Just to make sure we have plenty of guys on the scene to pass the work around."

If you see someone suffering from heat stress you and losing consciousness you need to call 9-1-1. Then move them to a shaded area, and slowly have them drink cool water.

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