No mailing it in: Postal workers trained to beat the heat

Delivering mail in the heat

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - We’re feeling the heat here in southern Arizona with possible record-breaking temperatures and excessive heat warnings in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 20-21.

Some people may be feeling it more.

Many are lucky to have A/C in Arizona.

It’s a lifesaver inside the car, but not a luxury all have.

“If you can’t take the heat, this isn’t the job for you,” Tony Rodriguez said. He’s been a postal carrier for USPS for the past three years.

He delivers mail each day.

"The job may seem repetitious," he said. "Every day is different."

But in the summer, one thing is consistent. It’s hot.

"We don't want to be here more than we have to, but the mail dictates how long we are out," Rodriguez said.

You can't stamp out the sun.

“I just grin and bear it,” he said.

Gloves and the right clothing help Rodriguez do the job.

While many can find relief, you’d be surprised. Some carriers say being outside may be more comfortable.

“You can add another 15 degrees in our truck,” Rodriguez said. “Most of us that have walking routes, where we’re constantly jumping in and out of our vehicle, we like those routes.”

With no A/C in which to seek refuge, Rodriguez does what he can at a job he enjoys. Though he remains a little jealous of those of us who “have it easy.”

“When I see my wife wearing a sweater saying like, ‘Oh it’s cold,’ I always tell her go step outside. You’ll warm up really quick.”

Though Rodriguez has to handle the heat, he just can't mail it in.

USPS has all of its mail carriers go through mandatory heat-related safety training as part of the job.

Rodriguez said if a heat-related emergency were to happen, he knows exactly what to do.

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