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Working Outdoors Brings 'Beat The Heat' Strategy

Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

Tim Glissman breaks up rocks Thursday while working on an excavation project on the Sacramento State campus.

Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

While some of us have the luxury of working inside with air conditioning, other people spend their days toiling in the elements ... like Thursday, as temperatures once again hit triple digits in some areas of northern California.

Tim Glissman, of Glissman Excavating, is one of those people.

He and a co-worker were digging a hole around a broken pipe in a parking lot on the Sacramento State campus.

"Today I soaked my shirt in a bucket of ice water, took it off, put it back on, and that helps bring the heat down 10-15 degrees," says Glissman."Watering the tractors down, keeping the heat of the tractors down, that helps a lot too."

But what happens when it's 3:30 p.m. and it's about 110 degrees? Does Glissman look for shade or just keep working?

"Sometimes you gotta keep working, but we try to stay cool as much as possible, our health is way more important than the work," says Glissman.

After an unscheduled break for this reporter, it was back to work for Tim Glissman, one of many people working outside in the Sacramento heat Thursday.