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Workers Battle Heat in Hot Weather Jobs

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So you think you're hot? If you work in an office, chances are there a lot of jobs out there that are a lot hotter to deal with in all this heat.

Like roofing. The rule of thumb is if it's 100 degrees on the ground, it's about 120 one story up. And those who work in food trucks deal with a lot of heat.

"I don't know how hot it is in here," said Haley Wood, who works in one of the Gourmelt food trucks in Reno. "And I make it my business not to know how hot it really is in here. But it's hot!"

Construction crews make safety in the heat a part of the job.

"You have to acclimate to the heat," says Jack Hisey, safety manager for A & K Safety, which is running crews all over Reno on construction jobs now. "And, you have to drink a lot of water and stay hydrated."

And while all this heat generates problems for some...for others it's really good for business.

For air conditioning repairmen business spikes with the mercury. And so business swells for local yogurt shops in this kind of heat.

"It is great for our business," says Randy Brus who manages this area's Yogurt Beach shops. "It's packed in here in the evenings. This is a great way to cool down and it's affordable to bring a family here."

But heat generates really big business in ice.

"When it gets hot, the stores run low, the ice machines around town can't keep up, the hotels and casino's need help," says Larry Decal of Crystal Ice on West Fourth Street. "We go through some 150 pallets of ice in a day in this kind of heat. And each pallet is about a ton."

Written by Erin Breen 

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