How to prevent heat-related illnesses in high temperatures

By: Valerie Bragg Email
By: Valerie Bragg Email
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For the last few days, the temperatures have been over the century mark.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) If you think it's hot just by stepping outside, you don't have it as bad as these guys. Construction workers have to work in it. Alfredo Hernandez has already experienced five hot summers working outside.

"You hydrate yourself with water, Gatorade. Drink a lot of fluids because it gets real hot."

In fact, that's one of the most important things you can do on a hot day. When you are outside make sure you always have a bottle of water with you and you drink it frequently.

For these construction workers, water keeps them going throughout the day. Because they spend the majority of their shift outside, they are one of the groups that are more prone to heat related illnesses.

(Dr. Waldo Lopez): "Construction workers, if you're doing sports for example or just sun bathing out there, people can become victims of heat stroke. The good thing about this is heat stroke or heat cramps or heat exhaustion, it's preventable."

Besides drinking water, wearing long sleeves and a hat will help. If you are outside for a long period of time, be sure to take plenty of breaks in the shade or indoors. For Hernandez, he said he has another strategy too.

"Well you just try not to think about it.... and drink lots of fluids."

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