State reminds workers to stay safe in heat - Tucson News Now

State reminds workers to stay safe in heat

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Workers at Mo's Car Wash in Tucson take relief from the sun under shade whenever they can because of the hot temperatures in Southern Arizona.

Authorities say the heat could be dangerous for workers if they do not take precautions. Management at Mo's Car Wash said they make sure employees drink lots of water and get rest when they can because they know the sun can take a toll on the body.

That is exactly what the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health is stressing to employers right now across Southern Arizona because the heat can kill. In 2012, a construction worker died from the heat while on the job in Marana.

Family Nurse Practitioner, Keli Ann Lawton, said if a person does not drink enough water or stays outside for too long it can start to make them feel weak. Lawton said heat exhaustion can quickly turn into heat stroke.

"With heat stroke you also develop symptoms of confusion," Lawton said Tuesday at her eastside clinic. "You can have slurred speech. You can have weakness, nausea and vomiting can occur, but change in mental status is the biggest key with heat stroke."

Lawton warns to get help right away if you or someone around you starts to have these symptoms.

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