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Tips to beat the heat when working outdoors

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Wednesday marked the hottest day of the year so far in the Tennessee Valley. While most folks tried to keep cool by staying inside, others didn't have that option.


For people like Courtney Pace with "Cutting Edge Lawn Care," being outside is his job.

"It's tough to stay out here. You can't cut as many yards as you can when it's 65 degrees," said Pace.

Pace has had run-ins with hot weather in the past when he got a dangerous case of heat stroke. "You get extremely tired. You're mouth gets really dry, and if you stop sweating that's a red flag."

At a construction site across town, workers are dealing with much of the same troubles.

"We drink a lot of water and try to stay in the shade as much as possible and take extended breaks," said William Ross.

Ross said it's all about what you wear. "As for me, I wear long-sleeve clothing so as I sweat the clothes get wet."

While it can take several hours to become dehydrated, it doesn't take long to feel the effects of heat-related illnesses which can be just as dangerous.

The symptoms can happen even in the evening when you're out for a jog or taking the dog for a walk. Experts said to drink plenty of water and stay inside as much as possible.

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