Summer Heat Hard On Some Tulsa Workers

Friday, June 26th 2009, 10:46 pm
By: News On 6

By Jennifer Loren, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- It's too hot for the young and elderly indoors with any air conditioning.  But, imagine spending the day working inside without air conditioning.  It may not be as bad as working in the hot sun, but according to officials at EMSA it's still very dangerous.

At a downtown Tulsa lumber warehouse, workers say the summer heat is closing in on them.

"You're out of the sun, but it's hard to get air," said Howard Morgan.

At Friday's city-wide heat meeting officials said those workers are high risk in this heat.

"If there's not air conditioning where you are and you're working, laboring, you're putting yourself in a position of danger," said EMSA's Tina Wells.

Although the guys are working indoors the sun still finds a way to come inside where there's not a lot of air moving and they say that really keeps things hot.

"Overnight it doesn't even cool off in here. It's like an oven when you come in," said Howard Morgan.

Mechanics working overtime to fix drivers air conditioners wish they had some AC for themselves.  But, Albert Herrador says he prepares for these extra hot days by cutting out the junk food and eating lots of fruits and veggies.

"We try to eat healthy to gain more strength out in this heat," said mechanic Albert Herrador.

And, as the sun beats down on Stutts' House of Barbecue, you know it's hot in the kitchen.

"At times when we're cooking on the pit, the stove is going the oven is going; therefore, it gets very hot," said Almead Stutts.

The AC is for the customers. Back in the kitchen, the cooks say the heat is just part of the job.

On Friday, EMSA has treated 10 people for heat-related illnesses.  For the week, they treated 49.

Saturday will mark the fifth straight we're under a heat alert.