Mail carriers try to beat the heat

Published: Jul. 22, 2016 at 5:42 AM CDT
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Some people don't have a choice to stay inside when the temperature rises. From construction workers to post office employees, several occupations make it so people have to be outside, especially at some of the hottest points of the day.

We followed a postal worker around as she walked her route and asked her how she does it.

She says you have to pace yourself, stay in the shade as much as possible and make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

Another reason why being a postal carrier is tough is that most trucks don't have air conditioning.

So while we may think spending an hour outside in 100 degree temperatures is hard, just imaging being out in the heat for an 8-9 hour shift.

Postal carriers say they run into some really nice home owners who also help them out.

"I have about 3 or 4 people who don't leave me water, but they will come to the door and ask me if I'm OK," Debby Bruner said. "But the lady on Pershing always leaves me water."

Bruner says someone this week actually went down on the route because of the heat. When that happens, other workers are picking up the mail and workload.