DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With temperatures in the triple digits, the risk of heat exhaustion becomes more likely. Those working outside with these temperatures have to take more precautions to stay safe.
This week the Wiregrass hit the highest temperature we’ve seen all year, hitting 100 degrees just Wednesday afternoon.
That heat is expected to stick around throughout the summer. While the temperature in the air can be steamy, the heat on concrete can be hotter. This can cause issues for those working in construction.
“The hotter the concrete temperature, the faster it sets up and the D.O.T. has special specifications on the concrete temperatures itself. So trying to stay below those temperatures is the trick right now,” Northstar Engineering Employee, Marshall Hagler said.
According to the Department of Transportation, or the D.O.T., the maximum concrete temperature limit for mass concrete must be 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Concrete can see temperatures up to 175 degrees and on a hot day construction workers have to take precautions to ensure they remain safe.
“They will pour this five yards here and take a water break,” Hagler said. “Just frequent water breaks. You should stop to cool off and get some fluids in you before that dizziness.”
According to the Houston County EMA, when dealing with heat, it is crucial to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion including dizziness, excessive sweating, clammy skin, weak pulse, nausea, and muscle cramps can all be indicators. These situations should not make someone shy from seeking medical attention.