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Beating the heat while working outside


With the temperatures again reaching close to 100 degrees in many parts of eastern Iowa many people are looking for relief, especially those forced to work outside.

On a hot day, there are probably a hundred different places you would rather be than on a roof top.

"Obviously when it's real hot we go a lot slower, but we still work," said Randy Crawford, a roofer for Magee Construction.

For Crawford the work continues as he tears off the old shingles from a garage roof.

The heat of the afternoon sun is the worst as it constantly beats down on this crew. Loose and cool clothing are a must as well as another necessity. 

Among the old shingles a number of Gatorade bottles and water bottles lay close-by. This group says staying hydrated is the main way to beat the heat.

"We drink a lot of Gatorade and water and just try to stay in the shade as much as you can. You have to be in the sun, but you want to be in there for short periods of time and get some shade," said Crawford.

Crawford has been working for Magee Construction for more than three years. During that time he's been through it all, hot temps, feet of snow, and even beautiful spring and fall days.

"I like the 70 to 80 degree weather, but I have a feeling it's going to be a hot summer," said Crawford.

Heat related death and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 1979 and 2003 more than 8,000 people died from heat exposure in the U.S. That's more deaths than those caused by hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined during the same time period.

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