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Watch the heat!

             

City crews are out getting the job done no matter how hot it gets.

Despite temperatures in the 90s and a rising heat index, the city's parks & landscape, streets and solid waste crews are still out doing their jobs. 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.

The city currently has 54 parks & greenspaces totaling 631 acres, 184 acres of athletic and recreational facilities, 93 miles of rights-of-way and 151 city-owned lots and alleys to mow, maintain and keep beautiful no matter how hot it gets outside.

Streets crews currently maintain 407 miles of roadways and more than 300 miles of sidewalks throughout the city. Workers still must pave, patch cracks and potholes, and repair and install sidewalks in the heat. 

City trash workers currently 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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