Sizzling Temps Keep Businesses Busy

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 6:40 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 6:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Scorching temperatures have Western New York Businesses taking extra precautions for their employees. Paul Billoni, owner of Colvin Cleaners on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore, makes sure all his employees stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks while working in his plant where most of the clothes are processed. Fans and ice cold drinks were also on hand.

"If we can finish our work in four hours on days like this when it's hitting 90 degrees, our employees will still get paid for 8 hours and we cut them lose," said Billoni. "They have families to support and it's really hot in our plant."

Technicians were also busy this week installing and tuning up air conditioners. Just this week alone, Roy's Plumbing Heating and Cooling received close to 400 calls.

"We make sure our employees are supplied well with water and take breaks," said Roy's Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Manager Tom Miranda. "They're working in the direct sunlight and we order a bunch of ice cream and delivering them to the men."

In this blistering heat, it's important to stress the importance of staying hydrated, using sunblock, or seeking shade. If you do not have air conditioning, local municipalities across Western New York are providing cooling centers for residents.