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Outdoor workers at risk in summer heat

June is heating up in Acadiana and the CDC says outdoor workers are more susceptible to heat related illnesses.

Posted: Jun 17, 2021 4:54 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2021 3:18 PM

Lafayette, La (KADN) Summer time is here and so is the heat. Chris Lebas has been cleaning the outside of buildings for over 20 years and he know's all the tips and tricks when it comes to staying cool in excessive heat.

"Of course the most important thing is to hydrate but also we have some other tools we have these cooling hats where you wet the inside and it gives you an immediate relief and then it keeps it cool for a certain amount of time and then you're wet it"

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Outdoor workers are more likely to get heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion.

"Fatigue is a big problem and that can lead to other indirect accidents you really have to maintain your focus and then just the heat itself of course you can have heat exhaustion or you know heat stroke and were very concerned about that and we do anything we can to try and minimize that risk"

Firefighters are also no stranger to working in hot temperatures but it doesnt stop Chief Robert Benoit from encouraging firefighters to hydrate as much as possible.

"In the summer months it's just make you dehydrate a whole lot faster so the only key to that solution or to resolve that problem is hydrate drink a lot of water drink a lot of water constantly"

Chief Beniot wants to encourage everyone to take the heat seriously especially here in south Louisiana.

"You know eat a proper diet and make sure that you exercise exercise is the key to helping you during the times when you are working outside in excessive heat" 

Special thanks to Exterior Cleaning Services and Chief Robert Benoit. 

https://exteriorcleaningservices.com/

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