Local Work Crews Are Beating The Heat

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PANAMA CITY-- When temperatures are nearing the triple digits it can be challenging working conditions.

Doctors say this type of heat requires extra precautions.

Scorching temperatures pose a big risk, especially when approaching 100 degrees.

Construction workers in Panama City are feeling the heat.
"When you lay asphalt it's 300 degrees out there," said Allan Bense, President of GAC Constractors.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports 2 out of every 1,000 workers is at risk for heat stress. Between 2008 and 2013, four people died in Florida alone due to heat related illnesses.

Dr. Frank Merritt of Bay Medical Sacred Heart said construction workers are among the top jobs hit by the heat.

"Laborers people on construction sites…and otherwise also our homeless population," Dr. Merritt said.

He said there are three simple ways to help prevent heat stress.

"Stay cool, stay hydrated and avoid the alcohol," Dr. Merritt said.

But for people working outdoors, one simple solution can go a long way.

"Good old water is the best thing you can drink to stay hydrated," said Bense.

E.R. staff at Bay Medical Sacred Heart said they haven't seen any heat related stress cases, but admit the situation could change.