Worker Suffers From Heat Exhaustion In McDavid

August 14, 2019

A man working in McDavid suffered a heat-related illness and was taken to the hospital Tuesday.

Escambia County EMS and the McDavid Station of Escambia Fire Rescue responded to the area of Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church on West Bogia Road where the man had reportedly been working as a surveyor.

An Escambia County spokesperson said the man was transported non-emergency to Jay Hospital.

The heat index on Tuesday was forecast to reach as high as 115 degrees, and a heat advisory was in effect.

According to the National Weather Service:

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat stress illnesses are possible. Heat indices this high can cause even the most physically fit to succumb to heat exhaustion or, even worse, deadly heat stroke.  Persons planning on being outdoors for an extended time are urged to consume plenty of liquids — especially water, wear light colored and loose fitting clothing, and to take frequent breaks from the heat in an air-conditioned room. file photo.


3 Responses to “Worker Suffers From Heat Exhaustion In McDavid”

  1. James on August 15th, 2019 7:25 am

    John Gorrie of Apalachicola was granted a patent in 1851 for his ice-making machine, not for air conditioning. In 1902, the first modern electrical air conditioning unit was invented by Willis Carrier in Buffalo, New York.

  2. Bill M on August 14th, 2019 1:55 pm

    Good comment Anita, yes it was a doctor in Apalachicola who invented A/C because using ice to cool his patients was expensive and messy.

    I remember “getting the bear on my back” when I was surveying about 50 years ago. I told the field engineer that it looks like the trees are waving at me. He put me and everything in the truck and took me to the 7-11 for cold drinks and A/C and then called it a day.

  3. anita kroha on August 14th, 2019 8:57 am

    ive noticed that people that have gone through this have heat sensitivities the rest of their lives. i always feel for people that must make their living out in the heat.

    thanks to the man in Apalachicola that invented air conditioning.

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