The Tri-States gear up to beat the heat

James Evans works at the top of buildings like this during the Summer.

Temperatures have been rising into the high 90s this week, and the Tri-States are feeling the heat.

For some people, air conditioning - or at least a fan - is close at hand, but not for everyone.

For those in the Tri-States who don't have direct access to air conditioning at home or at work are at greater chance to succumb to heat related illnesses.

From 1999 to 2009, heat exposure has killed over seven thousand people.

That is something Triena Dietrich wants to prevent.

"If you're feeling hot, dizzy, that you have nausea, those kinds of things. Those are things you need to kind of take cues from your body and make sure that you're hydrating if you're outside exercising make sure you're at least drinking four glasses of water while you're exercising outside. Those are recommendations from the Center for Disease Control for some of that," Dietrich, Emergency Response Coordinator of the Adams County Health Department said.

Most people couldn't imagine working a top this building for hours at a time.

James Evans does it for work everyday.

"When you're in the downtown area like this you're near asphalt and the buildings are blocking, so it's definitely rough," tower climber Evans said.

He says he does the job by following these precautions.

"I would say, just stay hydrated and stay in the shade if you can. And you know, pace yourself, because it doesn't take long to get heat stroke for sure," Evans said.

There are currently several different cooling stations in the city of Quincy.

The Illinois Department of Human Services at 300 Maine Street offers a cooling station from Monday through Friday.

"You know, that exposure to heat can hurt you even though you don't feel that it's hurting you. So if you're exercising or if you're out doing gardening or you're going to go to the fair, you want to try and stay out of the heat part of the day. Kind of plan your schedule accordingly, and go from there, just being prepared as well," Dietrich said.