(Memphis) If you think it’s hot outside, try stepping in Whitehaven Plaza’s One Hour Cleaners.
“If it is 101 outside, it’s 135 back here,” said presser Latricia Brown.
Fans do little to cool the place off but Brown says workers know the routine, “Just stay hydrated and if you feel faint or dizzy, stop working. Cool down.”
That’s good advice, according Memphis Fire Department Division Chief of EMS Joseph Rike.
He says crews have responded to 140 heat emergencies since Thursday. Over the weekend, rescue workers treated 50 people who attended the Convoy of Hope event. The needy lined up to get free services, but instead were overcome by the heat. Six people had to be rushed to the hospital.
Monday was a bit cooler but heat-related emergency calls were still coming in. That’s why Rike says neighbors and co-workers should keep an eye on each other, “If you start having confusion or you see somebody you are working with start being confused, or you start having cramps, those are all signs that the heat is getting to you and you need to take a break.”
For workers like Latricia, he says, before the day even begins start drinking lots of water. It’ll get you through the steamiest of days.
“It’s horrible but even though it`s hot, I still have to pay my bills,” she said.