Construction crews, air conditioning techs can't escape heat - - Jackson, MS

Construction crews, air conditioning techs can't escape heat

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The entire state of Mississippi was under a heat advisory Monday.  There was no escaping the heat for those whose job is to work outside.

"You can never get used to this heat. You just got to respect it and be careful with it," said Irvin Tate, owner of Tate Lawn Service in Jackson.

For the lawn care crews and construction workers WLBT spoke with there are three rules to working in extreme temperatures.  First, drink plenty of water. 

"Taking frequent breaks with water, a lot of water.  I guess about every quarter hour I tell them to drink," said Central Metal Building owner Kenyell Parker, who was working on a project in downtown Jackson.

Then, come in early and quit early. 

"We finish with everything at 12, its over with at 12 and we don't work after 12 because the heat is extremely dangerous," said Tate.

For air conditioning technicians like David Taylor, work days are longer and business is booming.

"We've been very busy, 60 to 70 hours a week.  Just trying to keep people cool," said Taylor. "(The heat is) very good for business, but it's hard for work."

At Holmes Community College, crews will be working full days in any kind of weather because they are trying to complete a new parking lot before fall classes begin.

"It's really hard to do this time of year, but when you get into crunches that you do, trying to get school underway, that's what you here to do," said Holmes Community College Vice President Joe Adams.

For those working in the heat precautions are taken to keep everyone safe, but for some the sun can be too much to bear. 

"I've had one that's over heated this year so far.  It's pretty scary," said Parker.

AMR reported 18 calls for heat related illnesses this past week.  AMR officials said they only had five calls for heat related illnesses this time last month.

The city of Jackson has opened shelters for seniors in the following locations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday: Tougaloo Community Center on 318 Vine Street,  Golden Key Community Center on 3450 Albermarle Road, Northside Community Center on 104 E. Northside Drive,  Smith Robertson Community Center on 505 John Hart Street,  Sykes Park Community Center on 520 Sykes Road, T. L. Love Community Center on 2912 Holmes Avenue, and Johnnie Champion Center on 1355 Hattiesburg Street.

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