CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As temperatures soar, people seek relief.
Blackhawk Hardware has seen an increase in sales of fans and sports bottles as people try to stay cool.
“We’ve seen a little more increase in traffic with the fans—small ones and the bigger ones,” said Craig Anderson, General Manager at Blackhawk Hardware. “They’re looking at any way to beat the heat. Circulate the existing air to save a little bit of energy cost.”
The Target store in Pineville has seen more sales of water, fans and coolers. The Bed Bath and Beyond has seen people snatch up the Chilly Pads, personal misting fans and all types of beverage cups.
At Jet Pizza on Montford Road, the only things hotter than the pizzas are the ovens which make them. But on days when temperatures reach near triple digits, working near hot ovens is not the best.
“It gets really hot. I'm sweating right now. I can feel it in my shirt—it's moist,” said Samantha Stasckaz, assistant Manager at Jet Pizza as she slides a barbecue chicken Pizza onto the oven.
There are three ovens in the Jet Pizza restaurant, and that can make the temperatures inside much hotter than outside.
“When it’s 95 out, it’s like 99 inside” Stasckaz said. “I usually hang out in the back when I get real hot or step in the walk in cooler.”
It’s the same for most people whose jobs require them to endure intense heat on days like today. Gary Berryhill has been mowing lawns and sidewalks for 12 years. He has become accustom to not beating the heat, but adjusting to it.
“I wear a hat and drink lots of water,” Berryhill said. “I might drink a Gatorade once in a while. I just don’t think about it.
His plan? Simple, he says.
“Just work at a steady pace and try not to kill yourself. If you're feeling funny quit.” he said.
He added he carries a sweat towel.
“You have to have that.”