Dodging the heat in air-conditioned office buildings isn't the norm for many workers in the Valley. Thousands of outdoor workers will be facing the dangerous heat wave head-on next week.
As temperatures rise to a forecast 120 degrees by Tuesday, the Arizona Department of Transportation is taking extra precautions to make sure their workers are safe and as cool as can be.
Road crews working on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway expansion will have more than just chilled bottled water, protective lightweight clothing and hats. ADOT will be setting up shade tents, providing mandatory heat-safety training and offering electrolytes to consume throughout the day. In addition, certified emergency medical technicians will be on scene to provide medical monitoring.
ADOT says while these steps help keep their workers safe and cool, they're also valuable for everyone when temperatures rise.
Some tips include:
- Getting outdoor or strenuous activity done early in the day, when temperatures are coolest
- Stay hydrated with cool water and drink before you get thirsty
- Know the signs of heat illness in yourself and others
- Take frequent breaks and get rest, especially if you're not used to the heat
- Wear sun protection with proper clothes and sunscreen