Outside Workers Cover Up For Protection

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- As steam rises off freshly paved streets, road crews are settling in for a long summer sweat.

"July and August it's worst," said road worker Jonathan Decker. "It's hard to describe just how hot it gets sometimes."

With miles of county road to pave and temperatures on black top roads reaching as high as 300 degrees, these workers are in for working up a sweat.

Other outside workers are also expecting extra hot shifts.

Jonathan Vazquez says he didn't quite know what he was in for when he agreed to stand on the side of the road waving to would-be customers. He wears a full body costume.

"I have to go in and get water because I get so dehydrated," said Vazquez.

In addition to staying hydrated, most medical professionals would say these two workers have the right idea by covering their bodies up with long sleeves.

"When you see folks outside in the summer with long sleeves on, they are actually doing the exact right thing to prevent sun damage," said Beth Faught, Registered Nurse and Community Educator with St. Bernard's Healthcare.

In addition to covering the skin, sunscreen can become your best friend if you're planning to be outside for an extended period of time.

"Just like a basic piece of clothing, it should be a part of our daily wear," she said.

Vazquez says his daily wear however, may be just a little too much for him to bare.

"I regret it now. Sitting out here it's just a little hot, just a little bit."

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