- Last Updated on 04:44 PM 07/18/13
- BY Leigh Ann Bush/Staff Intern
Hot and muggy temperatures have encompassed Halifax County along with the rest of the state prompting authorities to issue a heat advisory Wednesday and post warnings concerning children and elderly who are especially affected by the extreme temperatures.
For those who have an outdoor occupation, battling the heat has become a daily activity this summer.
How do they beat the heat and stay cool?
“The mail carriers drink lots of water, at least a gallon a day that they carry in their coolers,” said Patricia Honeycutt, postmaster for the United States Postal Service in South Boston. “Staying hydrated is one of the main things.”
Drinking lots of water, not eating a big lunch, using cooling cloths or wash clothes soaked in cool water and remembering you are not the only one in the heat are few of the tips that the USPS carriers offer.
Those who are lucky enough to be inside during these sizzling days are also big helpers to the ones who conquer the heat outdoors.
“Some of our customers leave water out for the carriers to have when they come by,” said Kathy Woods, USPS.
Others who power through the heat include construction workers, farmers and road workers.
“Our workers are staying under tailgate style tents and drinking a lot of Gatorade and water to stay cool,” said Christian Willis, estimator/safety director for J.E. Burton Construction Company.
The summer heat isn’t completely putting a damper on outdoor businesses.
From farming to lawn care, some welcome the heat as a boost to business.
“The heat is working to the farmer’s advantage. They can get out in the fields and get stuff done. It [the heat] is a good thing right now because of all the recent rain,” said Chris Brown, associate extension agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Halifax County.
“This heat is good for business, it makes the grass grow especially with all this rain we have gotten. It keeps us busy,” said Wayne Bush of Wayne Bush Lawn Care. “I’m happy to see the sun, so I can get out and cut grass.”
For those who don’t have to work in the heat and are looking for a cool way to spend these hot summer days, many are heading over to a local pool like Green’s Folly, Halifax Town Pool and the Halifax Country Club.
This heat of the summer gives pool members another reason to camp out by the blue waters with their towels and tanning lotion.
One Green’s Folly member who was enjoying catching some rays on a hot day this week was Cassie Puryear.
“I go to the pool to tan. You have to get in because it is so hot,” she said.
Country Club member, Kelly Fite says she is using SPF 30 while she is beating the heat by the pool.
While others have their eyes set on a summer tan, some are just at the pool to put their feet up and enjoy the ease of the summer.
“We are relaxing by the pool and enjoying some pizza for lunch,” said Halifax Pool member Janice Guill.
Aside from claiming a spot at one of the local pools, some residents are doing other things to beat the heat.
“We get up earlier and enjoy the cool mornings,” said Jon and Vivien Sewell, Country Club members.
“I’m staying in the air conditioning, when I’m not at the pool,” said Tammy Fallen.
Meanwile AAA Mid-Atlantic reminded motorists of the real dangers of leaving children, the elderly, pets or any living being which cannot help itself unattended in a car for any amount of time.
When left in a hot vehicle, a young child’s body temperature may increase three to five times as fast as an adult, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
At a core body temperature of 107 degrees, a child’s brain cells are damaged, and internal organs shut down causing serious injury or death.
“Vehicles heat up quickly; even when car windows are cracked open an inch or two for ‘air.’ When outside temperatures heat up, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in as little as 10 minutes, said Martha Meade, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
On a sizzling hot day, the inside of a vehicle can bake or even cook to levels over 200 degrees, creating a recipe for serious or perhaps life threatening situations.
“Allowing a child to stay in a vehicle on a hot summer day is extremely dangerous. Outside temperatures that rise to 94 degrees with a humidity level of 85 percent create an internal car heat index of 135 degrees which is hot enough to cook many foods and to kill most living things,” added Meade.