RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The triple-digit temperatures being felt across North Carolina can be extremely dangerous to those who work or spend time outside.
Crews working with asphalt must listen to their bodies to stay safe.
“You’ve got to pay attention to signals your body is sending. How the heat is actually affecting you. And take those cues and act accordingly,” said Erik Lawson with Terratech Engineering.
Asphalt is three times hotter than the air.
“It’s between 300 and 315 degrees,” Lawson said.
While that crew was laying asphalt, Doug Ostanek of Wake Forest was out pounding it.
“I’m used to it. I’m a Yankee. I just put on another golf shirt that’s all,” Ostanek said.
The crew from Bustillo’s Landscaping said it keeps going thanks to eight or nine cold drinks a day.
“You feel it. You can tell. You start getting cold chills, you stop sweating and you know you need to sit down and take a break,” said Tim Evans of Bustillo’s.
There looks to be little hope for a break in the heat. The temperatures are forecasted for Friday.