Labor Dept. warns of heat-related illness as temps rise
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Summer is still nearly two months away but temperatures are already hitting the 90s in parts of the state.
Since 2006, the state saw no work related deaths due to the heat.. But that changed drastically last year.
The Department of Labor is now asking workers to stay cool as the temperatures continue to rise.
It's the first week of May, but, already, it's starting to look, feel and even smell like summer.
Some outdoor businesses are thriving off the near-record breaking temperatures.
“I like the weather and people come out, it's good for business,” said Mohsan Abbaszadeh, hot dog vendor.
But it's not all fun and games when it comes to the heat and humidity.
"We're definitely more cautious than we used to be before we had her,” said Laura Burgin, mother
During the hotter months, emergency workers said they respond to countless heat-related calls.
“A lot of people get out they get overheated, they're not hydrated properly and we end up getting a lot of medical calls,” said Jim Cayton of the Greensboro Police Department.
But with their vests and layers of clothing, they too have to be careful.
"You have to be really careful to make sure you keep yourself very hydrated, and you have to make sure you put on plenty of sunscreen,” said Cayton.
So to help fight the heat, the Department of Labor is launching an awareness campaign to help prevent work-related heat illnesses that claimed four lives last year.
"The employees will start feeling dizzy, start having muscle cramps, sometimes they'll get confused, they'll stop sweating sometimes if the symptoms are bad enough, they'll have stomach upset," said Ben Harris of the labor department.
Experts suggest wearing lighter clothing, avoiding the hottest parts of the day, continuously hydrate even before you're thirsty and taking breaks as often as you can.