The number of national heat advisories is rising almost as fast as the temperature. So we asked Ray Byrne, owner of America Roofing LLC, in Glendale, Arizona, who works outside in sometimes scorching weather, for his tips on how a heat pro deals with extreme temperatures.
Byrne -- who has been working in the roofing business for nearly 25 years -- said the average temperature in Glendale during the summer is about 115 degrees.
"Basically at 100 degrees, it's not too bad," he said. "At about 110 [degrees], you start feeling it, and at 120 [degrees], you start losing productivity."
The company holds monthly safety meetings on heatstroke and exhaustion to remind its staff of smart protocol.
Here are some strategies Byrne and his roofing employees use to stay cool. Adapt them to fit your needs whether you're outside all day or working in your garden for the afternoon.
1. Hydration is key
Hydrating at frequent intervals is critical, rather than waiting until you're at your maximum thirst.
"The minute you think you need a drink, stop and take the drink right then," Byrne said. "If you don't you'll end up getting heat exhaustion."
2. Drink cool -- not cold -- water
This distinction makes all the difference. Byrne described the sensation from drinking extremely cold water like getting a brain freeze from a Slurpee, except amplified.