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Working outside in the heat

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Even though the temperatures continue to rise solid waste and construction workers still work a full day, and all that outdoor activity can lead to heat stroke. To avoid that, drink plenty of water, take breaks and try to get into the shade -- precautions solid waste worker, Larry Chadwick tries to remember. "It gets a little rough so the way I do what I do...is drink a lot of fluids, pace myself you know and just take the day slowly," said Chadwick. Signs of heat exhaustion include vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle cramps and weakness. If you have any of these symptoms take a break and cool down. Common signs of a heat stroke are high body temperature, absence of sweating, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, confusion, disorientation, and seizure. If you experience these signs try to cool down and call 911. When it is this hot, it is best to avoid vigorous outdoor activities, but if you have to be outside, drink plenty of fluids, like water and Gator-Ade and avoid alcohol, coffee and tea which may lead to dehydration.

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