Residents find ways to keep cool

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As temperatures rose this week, sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay said deputies took extra precautions to stay cool.

"We keep them well-hydrated, and we try to keep them in the shade as much as possible," Gay said.

Bicycle deputies can don short sleeves and shorts.

Motorcycle deputies wear short sleeves and rely on the wind to keep cool.

"These guys are out in the elements all the time," Gay said. "Their bodies are adapted to it."

Deputies must wear their hats, and some must wear their bullet-proof vests.

Gay said some types of body armor have a special cooling system that pumps cool air from a vehicle's air-conditioner straight into the vest.

FIREFIGHTERS: During a house fire Tuesday at 823 Sonora Circle in Evans, Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters took breaks under a tent to shade themselves from the sun.

LABORERS: Just more than a week ago, Ken Martin, a leadman for Johnson and Associates contractors, and his team of men were removing lead paint from the walls of a two-story home at 2061 McDowell St.

Plastic suits covered them head to toe, keeping the harmful lead paint out but trapping the heat inside.

As they spread fresh paint over the walls of the home Tuesday, Martin said he was glad they finished before the heat arrived.

"I chase the shade," said Martin, explaining that his workers plan their day around the cycle of the sun.

"We try to work it where we are in the shade all the time. That way we stay cool."

Martin said fluids also are essential.

"I just finished my last drink a few minutes ago, and I'm ready for 4:30," he said, citing their quitting time.

RUNNERS: The first significant heat wave is one of the toughest times for running, said Brian Killips, a member of the Augusta Striders running club.

He expected a slower pace and more water stops for the 20 to 30 people who meet weekly to run downtown.

"The most important thing is just getting yourself acclimated, not pushing yourself, just getting used to it," he said as the group met in front of Nacho Mama's, just before taking off around 5:30 p.m.

Lesley Yarnell, a biology teacher at Greenbrier High, said she prepared for the run by rolling down her car windows and resisting the temptation to turn on the air conditioner.


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