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City workers beat the heat


                    
         

  City workers that have to work outdoors all receive training on recognizing and treating heat exhaustion. Many city workers - including trash, parks and landscaping, streets and sidewalks, and public safety personnel - must work outside no matter what the weather is like.

Over the past 12 months, solid waste workers have collected 80.6 million pounds of trash, recycling and yard waste - enough to fill 2,778 trucks bumper to bumper from the Isabel Holmes Bridge to Kure Beach, or almost 18.5 miles. Crews collected 7.9 million pounds of trash in one month alone.

City trash workers pick up trash, recycling, yard waste and bulky items for approximately 30,000 customers regardless of the weather. City solid waste crews cover more than 50 square miles each week. The only holidays crews do not work are Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

These workers were trained to recognize the critical signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke and take steps to prevent it. Would you know what to do? Do you know how to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion in your pets? Click on the links below for more information.

 


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