Road crews take precautions during extreme heat

Created: 06/04/2014 5:37 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Although many people escaped the heat by hitting the pool, it's dangerous for anybody to be outside, especially during the afternoon, and especially for the men and women who have no choice but to work outside.

Road crews worked in temperatures that reached the mid to upper 90s today.

That heat combined with the heavy-duty equipment and asphalt can cause temperatures around the work-site to climb to 300 degrees, so obviously, safety is a priority, according to Andrea Henderson with the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

"We absolutely review and train about how to recognize a heat emergency. We also train people that they are drinking water every 15 minutes even if they're not feeling thirsty. It can sneak up on you," she said.

Crews followed those safety tips along with wearing light-colored and protective/cooler headgear.

Temperatures are expected to remain extremely hot for the rest of the week.

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