West Texans Looking for Ways to Beat the Heat

By Wyatt Goolsby
Newswest 9

Working outside under the sun is a hard job, but construction workers that Newswest 9 spoke with in Odessa aren't worried about the summer heat.

"If we get too hot we just get a fifteen minute break and then drink water or get some rest and then, start again for a little bit," says Javier Rodriguez, a construction worker.

Rodriguez says his workers drink water or Gatorade frequently, and they take regular breaks in the shade.

"We get a 15 minute break every 3 hours, and just try to stay in the shade," explains Rodriguez.

Doctors tell Newswest 9 that drinking plenty of fluids and using a little common sense can help to avoid long-term problems.

"There's just a bunch of tough people in Texas," says Doctor Thomas Allen, from the Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. "They get out and they want to do something, and they don't want anything to slow them down. Some guys in particular don't pay attention to the symptoms.

They're just like 'I'm gonna play this game of soccer and I'm gonna die doing it!' But yeah, you have to be smart, you have to get in the shade if you start feeling weak, and you have to drink, things like that."

Dr. Allen told Newswest 9 that anyone working outside could suffer from dehydration or over exhaustion if they're not careful. So, the next time you plan on going outside for a long period of time, be sure to stock up on drinks.