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Heat and humidity threaten NC workers

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Labor is urging anyone spending time outdoors this week to use caution and protect themselves against heat-related illnesses.

State officials warn that high humidity combined with temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s can cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. The warning comes as summer officially starts today.

Anyone working or exercising outdoors should drink lots of water — at least 24 ounces per hour — and limit strenuous exertion to early mornings and late afternoons, when temperatures are lower.

Signs of heat-induced illnesses include headaches, dizziness, feeling faint, upset stomach, confusion, irritability and, in extreme cases, seizures.

Anyone observing these symptoms should call emergency responders and move the person into a cool, shaded area until help arrives.

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