Arizona mailman shares how he stays cool with no AC as US experiences record-breaking heatwave


Arizona mailman reveals the desperate measures he takes to stay cool while working with NO AC as the U.S. faces a ‘potentially deadly’ heatwave – prompting FURY at USPS over workers’ ‘inhumane’ conditions

  • Ezekiel Cieslak, who delivers mail in Phoenix, opened up about the ways he keeps himself cooled off amid dangerously high temperatures 
  • The postman explained in a TikTok video that he’s able to avoid overheating by staying hydrated, fueling himself with electrolytes, and using a dashboard fan
  • He revealed it was set to rise up to 108 degrees on the day the video was posted, and temperatures were going to get as high as 114 degrees later in the week
  • The video quickly went viral and left many people on the internet unsettled over the fact that there’s no AC in the trucks, especially amid the current heatwave
  • According to the Washington Post, mail trucks don’t have cooling systems, but the Postal Service is preparing to give the trucks an $8 billion upgrade in 2023
  • Heat advisories were also issued for Nevada, California, and Texas. Excessive heat causes more deaths in the U.S. than all other weather-related disasters

An Arizona mailman has revealed how he stays cool despite having no air conditioning in his truck – sparking outrage from viewers who branded it ‘inhumane’ to make him work under those conditions, as the U.S. experiences a record-breaking, ‘potentially deadly’ heatwave.

Ezekiel Cieslak, who delivers mail in the Phoenix area of Arizona, opened up about the ways he keeps himself cooled off amid dangerously high temperatures.

The postman explained in a TikTok video posted last week that although his mail truck doesn’t have AC, he is able to avoid overheating by staying hydrated, fueling himself with electrolytes, and sitting in front of a mini dashboard fan that he had installed – as temperatures soared to three digits.

‘How I stay cool as a mailman, living in Phoenix, Arizona,’ the United States Postal Service employee began in the video, which has now been viewed more than 650,000 times.

An Arizona mailman has revealed how he stays cool despite having no air conditioning in his truck, as the U.S. experiences a record-breaking, 'potentially deadly' heatwave

An Arizona mailman has revealed how he stays cool despite having no air conditioning in his truck, as the U.S. experiences a record-breaking, ‘potentially deadly’ heatwave

Ezekiel Cieslak, who delivers mail in the Phoenix area of Arizona, opened up about the ways he keeps himself cooled off amid dangerously high temperatures on TikTok

Ezekiel Cieslak, who delivers mail in the Phoenix area of Arizona, opened up about the ways he keeps himself cooled off amid dangerously high temperatures on TikTok

The United States Postal Service employee sparked outrage from viewers who branded it 'inhumane' to make him work under those conditions

The United States Postal Service employee sparked outrage from viewers who branded it 'inhumane' to make him work under those conditions

The United States Postal Service employee sparked outrage from viewers who branded it ‘inhumane’ to make him work under those conditions 

The mailman showed a screenshot of the current temperature in his area from the weather app, which was 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

It was set to rise up to 108 degrees on the day that it was posted, and temperatures were going to get as high as 114 degrees later in the week.

The postman explained that although his mail truck doesn't have AC, he is able to avoid overheating by staying hydrated, fueling himself with electrolytes, and sitting in front of a mini dashboard fan that he had installed

The postman explained that although his mail truck doesn’t have AC, he is able to avoid overheating by staying hydrated, fueling himself with electrolytes, and sitting in front of a mini dashboard fan that he had installed

‘Obviously the key is to drink a lot of liquid,’ he explained, as a clip showed him taking numerous water bottles and putting them into his bag.

‘I usually drink 150 to 200 ounces a day. I fill up my cooler with ice and then I make sure to grab an electrolyte freezer pop.’

Made by the brand Sqwincher Sqweeze, the ices are said to ‘help replenish fluids and electrolytes lost during physical work, exercise, or illness, or following exposure to extreme heat to help prevent dehydration.’

‘Don’t forget the Powerades – and orange is the only flavor that matters,’ he joked, while grabbing some of the drinks and placing them in the cooler.

‘I make sure to drink every 15 minutes, and I always take my breaks in the shade,’ he continued, adding that he has to wear a ‘long sleeve shirt’ and a ‘brimmed hat’ to shelter his skin from the strong sun.

‘We have no AC but this fan actually does help,’ he shared, while showing off the small fan that was placed onto his dashboard.

The mailman showed a screenshot of the current temperature in his area from the weather app, which was 100 degrees Fahrenheit; it was set to rise up to 108 on the day it was posted

The mailman showed a screenshot of the current temperature in his area from the weather app, which was 100 degrees Fahrenheit; it was set to rise up to 108 on the day it was posted

'Obviously the key is to drink a lot of liquid,' he said in the TikTok, as a clip showed him taking numerous water bottles and putting them into his bag

'Obviously the key is to drink a lot of liquid,' he said in the TikTok, as a clip showed him taking numerous water bottles and putting them into his bag

‘Obviously the key is to drink a lot of liquid,’ he said in the TikTok, as a clip showed him taking numerous water bottles and putting them into his bag

Ezekiel said he tries to drink '150 to 200 ounces a day' and eats electrolyte freezer pops by the brand Sqwincher Sqweeze

Ezekiel said he tries to drink ‘150 to 200 ounces a day’ and eats electrolyte freezer pops by the brand Sqwincher Sqweeze

He concluded: ‘By the end of the day, I’m soaked in sweat and covered in salt.’

‘It’s not easy work, but it’s honest work,’ he captioned the video, which quickly went viral and left many people on the internet unsettled over the fact that there’s no AC in the trucks.

'I make sure to drink every 15 minutes, and I always take my breaks in the shade,' he continued, adding that he has to wear a 'long sleeve shirt' and a 'brimmed hat' to shelter his skin from the strong sun

‘I make sure to drink every 15 minutes, and I always take my breaks in the shade,’ he continued, adding that he has to wear a ‘long sleeve shirt’ and a ‘brimmed hat’ to shelter his skin from the strong sun

‘It should honestly be mandatory for companies to have AC in the car. Especially living in AZ,’ one viewer wrote in the comment section.

‘How do we petition for y’all to get AC in the trucks?’ asked another. ‘It’s too hot for that.’

‘I can’t believe there is no [AC]. That is just wrong!’ said someone else.

A fourth comment read, ‘No AC??! I never understood why UPS in hot areas don’t have AC. At least a portable one the ones you add ice.’

‘That’s is inhumane man, it’s fricking 2022 and government vehicles don’t have AC?’ added a different user.

‘No AC in LLVs is a crime and I’m surprised the union hasn’t done anything about that,’ commented someone else.

According to the Washington Post, mail trucks don’t have AC or air bags, but the Postal Service is preparing to give the trucks a $8 billion upgrade in 2023.

‘This month, House Democrats lined up behind an $8 billion funding package to help the Postal Service purchase the “Next Generation Delivery Vehicle” fleet and electric charging stations,’ the outlet reported in May 2021.

'We have no AC but this fan actually does help,' he shared, while showing off the small fan that was placed onto his dashboard

‘We have no AC but this fan actually does help,’ he shared, while showing off the small fan that was placed onto his dashboard

 

The video quickly went viral and left many people on the internet unsettled over the fact that there's no AC in the trucks

The video quickly went viral and left many people on the internet unsettled over the fact that there’s no AC in the trucks

Heat advisories were issued for Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, Denver, Colorado, St. Louis, Missouri, and parts of Ohio, California, New Mexico, and Texas last week

Heat advisories were issued for Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, Denver, Colorado, St. Louis, Missouri, and parts of Ohio, California, New Mexico, and Texas last week

Excessive heat causes more deaths in the U.S. than other weather-related disasters, including hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes combined

Excessive heat causes more deaths in the U.S. than other weather-related disasters, including hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes combined 

Meteorologists advised people in these affected areas to drink more water than usual and to limit outdoor activity during peak hours of the heat. Temperatures for St. Louis are pictured

 Meteorologists advised people in these affected areas to drink more water than usual and to limit outdoor activity during peak hours of the heat. Temperatures for St. Louis are pictured

Wearing protection, including hats, sunscreen and sunglasses, is also suggested. It's not recommended to wear dark clothes

Wearing protection, including hats, sunscreen and sunglasses, is also suggested. It’s not recommended to wear dark clothes

‘The new trucks offer standard safety features, better navigability on dense streets, and other amenities.’

The National Weather Service in Phoenix reported a temperature of 114 degrees on Saturday, tying the record for the highest temperature in the state – which was last recorded in 1918.

Heat advisories were also issued for Las Vegas, Nevada, Denver, Colorado, St. Louis, Missouri, and parts of Ohio, California, New Mexico, and Texas. 

Excessive heat causes more deaths in the U.S. than other weather-related disasters, including hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes combined.

Meteorologists advised people in these affected areas to drink more water than usual and to limit outdoor activity during peak hours of the heat.

Wearing protection, including hats, sunscreen and sunglasses, is also suggested. It’s not recommended to wear dark clothes as black fabric often transmits heat to the skin, making a person hotter. 

Scientists say more frequent and intense heat waves are likely in the future because of climate change and a deepening drought. 

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