BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Working outside in this heat is nothing short of brutal — and if you’re not careful, it can be dangerous. Doctors and contractors spoke about what they do to stay safe and cool.
“It’s tough sometimes,” said contractor Britt Bernard.
According to Associated General Contractors of America, on average in Louisiana, there are more than 1,000 contractors working every day. When temperatures rise it can make the job more challenging.
“I feel like it’s kind of hot early too, like, it’s kind of too early to be this hot. We still got August to go through, mid-July. So, it’s more brutal-ness coming,” said Marcus Garvin, a local contractor.
Another contractor, Kerry Moore, said his method is mind over matter.
“It’s a mental strength, you have to constantly tell yourself, I can do it, I can do it, and positive thoughts with it,” said Moore. “And most importantly, if you are tired or overheated, we must say something.”
Knowing that the job must be done and heat is going to continue to rise, Dr. Vincent Shaw said to make sure you are safe while working outside.
“One, making sure you have adequate rest because if you don’t get enough rest that pre-exposes you to get a heat injury,” he said. “Two, make sure you are hydrated, you know, don’t just wait until you are thirsty. Make sure that you are drinking enough fluids. Three, be smart about it, make sure you get out the heat and take breaks.”
“If you are sweating a lot, you need to replace that water,” said Our Lady of the Lake Emergency Dept. Medical Director Mark Laperouse. “So think about that, every drop of sweat that you have you need to be replacing that with water.”
Doctors said when those who work outside don’t drink enough water, they’re putting themselves in danger.
“They’re putting themselves at risk for both heat illness or heat stroke,” explained Dr. Shaw.
Experts said if something does not feel right to get medical attention and away from the sun.
“Obviously call for some help. Secondly, you want to make sure that you move them from the heat,” advised Dr. Shaw.
Cory Elvir, a physical trainer, said you can also check things like WetBulb Globe instead of just checking the weather to get the element of everything like humidity, wind, and more that contributes to the weather.