InTents June/July 2023 - 14

TO HANDLE?
Too Hot
Summer heat and humidity can quickly
change from uncomfortable to life threatening.
Deploying the right strategies will keep
installation crews working safely
and keep guests comfortable.
By Pamela Mills-Senn
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14 intents june-july 2023
eadquartered in Atlanta
and serving that city and
the North Georgia area,
TLC Rents is no stranger
to the challenges posed
by hot, humid weather. As such, the
full-service event planning company
knows to pay attention when the heat
turns extreme-something that's been
happening with greater frequency.
" Here in the past five-to-10 years we
have seen our temperatures go up higher
sooner and for longer periods, " says
Curry Roberts, senior salesperson and
event planner. " We not only have to deal
with high temps, but also the humidity. "
Roberts recalls a time when a crew
member experienced heatstroke.
" He was spotted very quickly on the
installation site, with clammy skin, a
white, pale face, etc., " he says. " He was
also working very slowly when normally
he would be a fast worker.
" He was removed and put into a
vehicle with air conditioning, " Roberts
continues. " A 911 call was placed and
he was taken to the hospital. What I
learned and have passed on to other
crew members is to pay close attention
to each other. Take breaks more often.
Keep water around and make sure all
are staying hydrated. "
KEEPING EMPLOYEES SAFER
Roberts says during times of high heat
and humidity, TLC Rents tries to schedule
outdoor installations for early in the
morning, building in additional time
so crews can take more breaks. The
company also provides plenty of bottled
water for these crews, as well as for
those working in the warehouse. Other
strategies include supplying uniforms
and hats to installers for additional
protection and, when possible, setting
up commercial fans on jobsites.

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