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Workers brave the heat

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NIXA, MO - This week has been one of the hottest weeks we’ve experienced this year and those working outside are feeling the heat and it can be dangerous.

“It’s really dangerous if you have no knowledge of what can happen to you," says lead installer for SS&B Heating and Cooling, Jeffery Johnson. "Especially, in an extreme heat index like this, you know.”

Johnson says heat illness can happen quick. And when you’re working outside during the summer months getting an early start to your day can make a difference. But playing it safe in the heat can make all the difference.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the sunshine or in the shade, if you’re working in high air temperatures and high humidity it can be very dangerous. Now, there are things you can do to stay safe out there such as drinking lots of water, wear sunscreen, take a lot of breaks, and listen to what your body is telling you.

Johnson say you can get really weak, shaky, and you can get cold chills. While working up to 8 to 10 hours a day, sometimes six days a week, Johnson says it doesn’t but take 30 minutes to start feeling the heat.

The Centers for Disease Control explains that if you start to feel dizzy and nauseous call 911, loosen your clothes, and find shade.

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