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Construction Workers Beat the Heat

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Tim Bunker is on his sixth water bottle and second Gatorade just a couple of hours into his shift.

"We try to stay hydrated as fast as we can. We drink lots of water. Try to stay in the shade if we can," says civil engineer technician Tim Bunker.

Temperatures are forecasted to be in the 90s this week, making heat strokes more susceptible to construction workers. Bunker, also an EMT, takes extra precaution. Because of the 4th of July holiday, to make up for lost time, the crew is working 10 hour days. Symptoms of dehydration include nausea and headaches.

"Make sure that you're perspiring or sweating. If you stop sweating you need to be drinking more water. If you start getting headaches or anything like that, that's one of the first signs you have. Which means we have to get you out, get you in the shade, get you cooled down," says Bunker.

So after a 10 hour day in the beaming sun, "I shower and I make sure that the fan is running," says Bunker.

With Tuesday's high of 94, Bunker and his crew need to be replenished.

"Back at it tomorrow. Live to fight another say," laughs Bunker.

Bunker also says while Gatorade does replace electrolytes, it doesn't hydrate the body. Your best bet is sticking to water. Keep the water to Gatorade ratio five to one.


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