KTRE-tv is reports “Recent heat advisories prompt a word of warning from East Texas doctors.”
The CDC reported last year that heat was the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the last 30 years, and East Texas doctors are reminding their patients of the seriousness of recent heat advisories.
The sun was beating down on a crew from Leal Landscaping in Lufkin. Trying to keep in the shade, they say the high temperatures from the past few weeks have made their work more physically demanding.
“Especially now in these times, the humidity has been getting to us a lot,” one worker, Francisca Santana said.
Dr. Jeremy Chester at Woodland Heights Medical Center says that road workers, contractors, or landscapers who have to work outside have to be more conscious of heat exhaustion.
“Some of the people in the lumber mills will get overheated and they will come in,” Chester said.
However, he says they become accustomed to it over time, and that those who work indoors are more likely to suffer heat-related health problems sooner.