Workers brace for another round of extreme heat

Several workers said they follow the shade to keep cool.

Posted: Aug 10, 2021 8:01 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2021 8:03 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As we begin to get a taste of another round of extreme heat, those who work around the clock in the sun are stocking up their coolers and working around the shade to help keep cool.

At Thompson Landscape Company, account manager James Kemper told KEZI about how crews navigate these extreme temperatures: they stalk up on electrolytes and take plenty of cool-down breaks throughout the day.

KEZI followed along with one of their crews doing a weekly maintenance job. They said when temperatures are this high, they go out and come back earlier than normal. Breaks are essential, and their coolers are packed with plenty of water and Gatorade to last them all day.

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On Tuesday, they got their work done by 2 in the afternoon.

Landscaper Jacob Yeller said he tries to beat the heat by working in the shade as much as possible.

"I take a lot of breaks when I can 'cause it's brutal out there in the sun; you can't work for very long without thinking you're going to die," Yeller said.

Landscaper Tavita Te'o said that he drinks a lot of electrolytes to stay hydrated.

"I drink a lot of electrolytes, that's the main thing. You won't stay hydrated unless you have electrolytes in your system. So, I try to take breaks, stay cool, stay in the shade as much as I can," Te'o said.

Some are choosing to look at the bright side of these extreme temperatures.

Jason Bennett, the owner of Bennett and Son Construction, said he's been in this business for more than 20 years and would rather work in the sunshine and heat than in the rain.

He said you have to look at the brighter side of every situation, and there are far worse things in life than working out in the sun.

"For us, if we don't work, we don't get paid. So, it's kind of one of those things, yeah, you deal with it," Bennett said. "You have to make sure that you have water and Gatorade, but just kind of deal with it -- could be worse."

Bennett encourages others who have to spend their days out in the sun to keep a positive mindset: this heat will pass.

He said he also works with the shade, following it throughout the day.

For more information on the upcoming heat wave and for a list of cooling centers in the state, CLICK HERE.

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