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Here are some tips to keep you safe and know your legal rights when working outdoors in extreme heat

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging outdoor workers to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks during the heat wave.

As the climate crisis leads to an increase in extreme weather conditions, FEMA advises outdoor workers to maintain healthy sodium and electrolyte levels, dress lightly and be alert to heat-related illness.

According to the Washington Department of Labor and Industry, when temperatures exceed 90 degrees, workers in Washington are legally entitled to additional rest breaks of at least ten minutes every two hours to cool down.

Idaho and Montana have no such regulations, although the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration requires workers to be protected from “heat hazards.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the two-degree increase in global average surface temperature since industrialization in the mid-1850s has led to more dramatic weather changes.

“This additional heat is driving regional and seasonal temperature extremes, reducing snow cover and sea ice, increasing heavy rainfall, and altering plant and animal habitats,” NOAA said.

As temperatures rise, companies and workers are adapting to new environmental conditions for working outdoors.

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