Working In The Heat

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Updated: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:12:34 CST

We had scorching temperatures in central Nebraska today. Some areas were close to 100 degrees. As temperatures rise the risk of heat exhaustion increases. Experts advise you to stay indoors with air conditioning. But some workers don't have that luxury.
 
"It's definitely harder to focus when it gets hotter out," said lifeguard Garrett Shafer.
 
While many of us can retreat to the air conditioning, these workers have no choice but to just deal with the heat.

"When you're sitting there watching other kids be in the nice cool water and you're standing on the concrete or sitting on the chair it's definitely hard and you wish you were switching them," Shafer said.

It's expected to be a hot and humid week. Some construction workers are already feeling with effects of the hot weather.
 
"Your head starts hurting getting drowsy and that's when you just sit down take a break and know it's time to drink some water," said construction worker Dallas Thompson.
 
Brenda Carlson is the trauma coordinator at Mary Lanning. She says outdoor workers need to be aware of symptoms leading to heat exhaustion.
 
"You get overheated you may have increased sweating you may be a little confused rapid heart rate headache dizziness then those symptoms progress to heat stroke," Carlson said.
 
And heat stroke can be fatal. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. You are no longer able to sweat so your body cannot cool down. When heat stroke sets in, the body temperature can rise to 106 degrees within 10 to 15 minutes.

Hastings Aqua court lifeguard Lauren Bartunek nearly passed out last summer.
 
"I started seeing a lot of stars and all of the sudden I felt like I couldn't hear anymore and my friend noticed it so I blew my whistle and she ran over and got me off the wall and I got to go home early we had a lot of lifeguards actually in the hospital last year 'cause of heat stroke and heat exhaustion," Bartunek said.
 
Experts recommend wearing thin layers and light color clothing. And, most importantly, stay hydrated.

"Increased sweating can lead to electrolyte imbalance so we encourage you to stay hydrated push the water push the Gatorade," Carlson said.
 
One of the best places to work if you really want to stay cool? The frozen foods department at Allen's.
 
Rob Simonson, Manager of the frozen foods department, said, "I really never have to worry about sweating like I said if I'm sweating it's just because I'm working hard."
 
Simonson spends his days in the freezer, stocking frozen groceries.

"If it gets too cold I can simply walk away but outside you can't walk away," he said.
 
During the heat wave of 1980, more than 1,250 people died. Outdoor workers say that the heat doesn't only affect them physically, but also takes a mental toll on them.