Heat = Cooler Dress Codes

August 10, 2007 - Posted at 5:27 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR-Car-hop Megan Patterson says, "It's been very, very, very hot!"

So businesses like Sonic are telling employees to dress accordingly.

"It's extremely too hot to wear pants when your car hopping in 90 degree temps. Plus, you have all these trucks and cars with the heat coming from the cars. That all goes to your legs and brings more heat to your legs, so if you have on shorts it makes you a lot cooler," said Patterson.

Even the postmen have switched to a lighter attire, to tackle the blistering heat as they walk door to door delivering our mail.

"We wear shorts in the summer months. We take advantage of wearing shorts, because it helps out a lot," said postman Mike Johnson.

He says this time of year, there's little relief.

"Just try to stay cool. If the weather permits, we'll stop under shade tree if we have to. You just have to do the best you can," said Johnson.

And the Jon Moore of Fletcher-Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep says his employees' safety is important.

"It's hot and it's humid. Two weeks ago we had a salesman pass out on the lot from the heat, so we've implemented a shorts policy for the summertime to keep the guys cool," said Moore.

He says it's a practice all businesses should follow with temps this warm.

"It's a responsibility we all share to take care of our employees and ourselves as people. We normally like to dress appropriately and we wear shirts and ties, but with the extreme heat, you've got to take care of them, you've got to keep them cool," said Moore.

And for Sonic car-hop Megan Patterson, she's thankful her employer agrees.

"I'm very happy that they let us wear shorts," said Patterson.

And for anyone working in the heat, remember to drink lots of liquids to stay hydrated, and if you start to feel faint, simply take a break.

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