How Firefighters, Construction Workers Beat the Heat


With air quality still in the moderate category on Friday, it was recommended people with breathing sensitivities limit time outside.

But for some staying indoors isn't an option.

In the hottest week of the year, construction crews, roofers, and other laborers were just sweating it out.

They say the best thing to beat the heat is drinking lots of water, finding shade when they can, and knowing when your body is telling you it's getting too much sun.

As for all the smoke settled into the valley, construction workers said that didn't bother them much.

Crea Construction foreman Brian Jones said it's the heat that can be tiring.

Jones says, "It's hot. It takes a toll on a guy by the end of the day. You gotta stay hydrated and make sure you don't get heat exhaustion. You get acclimated to it, I mean you just get used to it, you're out in it every day."

Jones says it takes about three weeks of working in the heat to acclimate.

If you are sensitive to the smoke, you can also improve the air quality in your home or car by switching your air conditioning to recycle.

Lewiston Fire Chief Travis Myklebust says they've also restricted their outdoor trainings so firefighters are less at risk of heat-related illness.

Chief Myklebust says, "When it's hot like this we tell them hydrate well and stay inside, stay cool. So we even limit our training activities to either early in the morning or later at night."

If you can limit your time outside between the hours of 10 A.M. and 6 P.M., the hottest times of day.

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