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Builders trying to beat the excessive heat

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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Builders are doing everything they can to survive this intense heat wave.

Many are busy rebuilding areas that were hardest hit by April's tornado outbreak and it's no easy job working in the hottest part of the day.

If your work outside in hot and humid conditions, it can actually be dangerous to your health. Workers have been contracted to roof, build and haul away storm debris.

"To ride around and see it, its devastating," said Stoney Childers.

Childers scrapes, then cuts and hangs trim at a house on Lockhart Road. The house was destroyed, torn down, and a new home is under construction.

Childers said there is nothing cool about working in extreme summertime weather conditions.

"Its terrible. I stay hydrated. I keep a water jug. It takes your appetite but you do what you can," said Childers.

To make matters worse, the house doesn't have air conditioning so the only way to survive working inside is to leave the windows open.

"You get acclimated to it, take your breaks," added Childers.

Michael Burke works for Jerry Brooks Incorporated and he is working on a house in Anderson Hills that is undergoing major renovation.

"Half the roof in the front is gone and a lot of the joists were messed up and twisted, we fixed that and replaced broken wood," said Burke.

Burke manages to work and survive the hot and humid conditions.

"You do it everyday for so many years you got to drink lots of water, use sunscreen," added Burke.

Even if you are used to being out in the sun it's still advised that you take precautions. It doesn't take long to get over heated and that could mean a trip to the emergency room.


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