What's Your Ritual for Handling the Heat?
greenhorn01: "It seems lately when I'm done at the end of the day I'm more tired than I have been in the past. I'm a solo outfit; I bring the water and all that.
"Got done with a property yesterday and midway through trimming I got a little dizzy. Had to sit in the truck for about five minutes and water down and turn on the AC."
SNAPPER MAN: "The best way to cope with the heat is to cover up and drink lots of water and Gatorade. Always wear pants and long sleeves and a large brim hat. Covering up keeps the sun off your skin and keeps your sweat on your skin keeping you cooler. Also, Gatorade is a must to replenish electrolytes.
Roger: "Sitting in the AC after working in the heat would make my head spin, and that would only make matters worse. I never use the AC in my truck, and never use it at home either. For me, cycling between hot and cold is a bad plan. The body adjusts, and telling it one thing, only to turn around a few hours later something else, is a menu for disaster.
"My only change is to remember to drink enough water, and to minimize my steps. Be smart and efficient and don't make any extra work for myself. And, wear a big rimmed hat."
Jimslawncareservice: "I drink lots of Gatorade, and milk when I get home. I also wear white shirts. I have a bunch with me and change several times a day. Today it was four times. It helps a lot."
Snyder's Lawn, Inc: "I would die if had wear pants and long sleeves, but I know people wear that. I, myself, drink 3 to 5 gallons of water a day, I stay away from AC places, and I start at 5:30 a.m. and stop at noon."
Patriot Services: "We work at a steady, but not frantic, pace. Start as early as possible, 6 a.m. or so, and try to finish by 4. Keep a close eye on each other for delirium and not sweating. Not urinating is a very bad sign, too. Contrary to what some say, AC helps lower your core temp and any reduction in body heat is beneficial. I've started taking potassium supplements to ward off cramps and palpitations."
Burnie: "Customers always ask why I wear long pants and long sleeve shirts; when I tell them it keeps me cooler in the heat they look shocked. The cotton gets wet from me sweating like a pig, and the moisture against my skin keeps me cooler. Also protects me from the sun, which will cause skin cancer."
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