Beating the heat when you have no choice but to work outside isn’t easy.
On Wednesday, Eyewitness News followed the job of a postal worker who walks miles every day to deliver mail.
The must needed essentials for mail carrier Paul Cooks are sunscreen, bottled water and a towel. Some days are easier than others, and he says it's worth it.
He’s been delivering mail to Hartford neighborhoods for the past 26 years, walking miles every day in rain or shine, hot or cold.
“We are out here all day long from 8:30 a.m. in the morning until, today 5:30 p.m. for me, so they are long days and we are out in it all day long," Crooks said.
Some of the newer postal trucks are bigger and have air conditioning, but not his. He says the key is staying hydrated.
“I have customers who will bring me water, I carry my own. We have good management and will bring us water on extreme days. They’ll drive around and make sure we are all hydrated,” Crooks said.
He said he drinks a gallon of water a day, even when he's not thirsty, and no matter whether you deliver mail or do other outdoor work, Crooks says to pay attention to yourself.
“Know the signs of your own body and that's really what it is. I’ve been doing this so long I know when it's too much,” Crooks said.
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