Heat illness training ahead of triple digit weekend


Inside a comfortably air conditioned room a group of people gather to talk about working in the not so cool conditions just outside the walls.

“We put these on to keep reminding the safety of making sure that workers go home at night to their families.” says Manuel Cuna with the Nisei Farmers League.

Temperatures as hot as this weekend’s may not be anything unusual for the Valley but Cuna says the heat can still be quite dangerous.

“This type of a program is so important.”

It’s called Heat Illness Prevention Training and these classes are making a big difference for the lives of farm workers.

“We have reduced the amount of heat illness deaths and heat illness problems by over 90% in the last 6 years,” explains Cuna, “We’ve seen a tremendous reduction because of education.”

For those spending time in the elements the symptoms of heat exhaustion are important to watch out for.

“If your feeling nauseated, feel like vomiting make sure you report that right away.” says Alejandro Villegas a Health Education Specialist with the Fresno County Department of Public Health.

Villegas adds that it may seem obvious but keeping hydrated is extremely important.

“Drink plenty of water, 2-4 cups every hour, even if your not thirsty.”

Heat Illness Prevention classes are offered monthly in both English and Spanish.

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