DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A lot of people have jobs that require them to work in the sun and the humidity can sometimes make it unbearable.
Professional landscapers have found some creative ways to stay cool. Some doctors recommend that everyone follow the same rules when they go outdoors.
Martin Moser, a project manager with Philip Moser and Associates, guided his crew as they shoveled, hauled, and planted the foundation to an architectural masterpiece. Their project involved landscaping a residential property in Denham Springs.
It requires them to work in some uncomfortable conditions.
"By seven o'clock it's 80 degrees already," Moser said.
Moser has been doing it for twelve years. He knows what it takes to keep cool.
"Preparation for today began last night. We pack five gallon coolers of water on the truck every morning, a requirement before we're out the gate," Moser said.
He and his crew wear sunscreen under loose, light clothing, and rehydrate often.
Our Lady of the Lake family physician, Dr. Michael Ramagos said during the hot summer months too often people forget to protect themselves from the unforgiving sun. The result, he said, can be anything from dehydration to a dangerous heat stroke.
"It can be really quick and it usually comes on without any warning," Ramagos said.
Ramagos recommends that people see a doctor immediately if they notice they are breathing fast, your heart is racing, or they stop sweating. He said those are some signs that your body has reached its limit.
The key is to stay hydrated before, during, and after your outing.
"If it's the hottest part of the day and over 90 degrees you want to take a 30 minute break for every half hour you're working," Ramagos said.
Other tips on staying cool include:
Wear long sleeves
Wear a wide-brimmed hat
Drink a half quart to a quart of water every hour during strenuous activity
Dilute sugary drinks with water