Outdoor workers keeping cool in the extreme heat

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 20:30:38-04

For the past 15 years, Tony Pederoza has been spending his time under the hot sun keeping lawns tidy.

"Every person feels differently because some people can tolerate more heat than others," said landscaper Tony Pederoza. 

A job he loves, but temperatures he's had to adjust to. Jobs like Tony's require spending more than 8 hours outside every day. A big tip he's learned is to wear long-sleeves shirts. 

"The best sunscreen is your clothes you are better protected," Pederoza said.  

A tip other outdoor workers, like pool cleaners, try to follow as well, along with sunscreen and water. Other tips like freezing water overnight and taking several shaded breaks also help these men stay cool. 

"Make sure you’re eating healthy enough, low sodium products, so you don’t get dehydrated," pool technician Justin Sholley said. 

The heat takes a toll, but these guys still wouldn't trade their jobs for an air-conditioned room.