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Beating the summer heat while working outside

PEORIA, Il - “It’s tough, it’s tough you just gotta bear with it,” said Paul Tart, Messing roofer.

For the past 30 years Tart has been roofing and siding homes throughout Peoria county and these warm temperatures are nothing new. Over the past three decades of working outside, Tart has learned the best ways of beating the humidity.

“Earlier is the best way to beat the sun,” Tart said. He adds, “It’s important to take breaks and get in the shade.”

While braving the heat doctors at OSF St. Francis encourage you to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. If you must go outside, health professionals want you to take the necessary steps to stay safe.

“Prevention is key, stay out of the heat when you can, but if you have to go out certainly apply sun screen application,"  said Dr. Benjamin Kemp of OSF St. Francis Emergency Medicine. She adds, "Wear loose fitted clothing and hats when you can."

Doctors add if you start to develop heat exhaustion, feel dizzy or nauseous you should stop working and try to cool off. If conditions worsen, it's vital to get medical help.

“Heat stroke is more severe where you start feeling dry and you stop sweating,” said Kemp. He explains, “Symptoms could be you getting confused or passing out. Those symptoms require prompt medical attention and a visit to the emergency department.”

A busy weekend in Peoria county has event planners preparing for the heat. The Louisville Slugger Sports Complex is hosting 50 baseball teams for a round robin tournament Saturday and Sunday. The facility has ten fields, all with artificial turf, making temperatures climb even more for athletes.

“We want to make sure we have our bases covered in making sure that people have the proper equipment so we're going to have staff throughout the entire complex in addition to all the amenities that we typical for safety,” said Jack Friedrich of Louisville Slugger. He adds, “We plan to offer extra water in the dugouts, and for patrons and hopefully we are going to have some portable cooling stations to make sure people are not getting overheated.”


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