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New Rule Prevents Heat Related Emergencies

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- With temperatures rising above 100 degrees, you can break a sweat walking from your office to your car, but for construction workers and people working outside, the heat can be dangerous. 

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries created a new rule requiring employers with outside work crews to increase the amount of water available on hot days.

"Make sure you take your breaks and see that your workers take their breaks if they're on the job or on location make sure they take their breaks at a time that they should," said Debbie Nelson, R.N. at Kennewick General Hospital.

The rule also requires employers to train shift leaders and workers to be able to recognize symptoms of heat related illnesses. The major warning signs of dehydration are when your body stops sweating and you're no longer going to the bathroom. 
To overcome dehydration, cool your body down by drinking water and make sure you sit in shade or in air conditioning.