New York residents who work outdoors endured another unusually hot day on Sunday.
Juan Mejia doesn’t wonder if he needs to work in the heat. It is because the answer is that he must.
“On the one hand, it feels good because I’m making money to support my family, but the heat is terrible,” he said, pushing his Italian ice cream cart along the road. ave Jerome to help customers stay cool.
“There are times when you don’t want to go out. Thank God things went well for me, but it’s not easy either,” Mejia said.
It also wasn’t easy for Carlos Almonte and his team at Monster Autoglass, where they do curbside car window work.
“It’s very difficult. You have to keep hiding from the sun. The heat, it’s very sticky, horrible and uncomfortable,” Almonte said.
“Life has realities. You have to provide for your family, you have to work there, you have no choice,” said Dr. Rajesh Verma, chief of emergency medicine at King’s County Hospital. .
Verma sees patients going to the ER due to high temperatures, but says even working outdoors they can still beat the heat.
“Always stay hydrated with water and, if you can, try to take electrolytes with it,” advises Verma.
He also suggests taking breaks, protecting your skin, not working in direct sunlight, wearing a hat and loose cotton clothing.
“If you start to feel thirsty, that’s a sure sign that you’re behind the eight ball in terms of maintaining your hydration. Second, if you start to feel nauseous, if you feel like you’re going to vomit, you already have heat exhaustion,” Verma warns, which he says could lead to a stroke and a trip to the ER