Construction workers offer tips to stay cool

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News 12 spoke to construction workers in the Bronx Monday to see how they were handling the blazing hot temperatures.

They said it's a big misconception to wear short sleeves because long-sleeved shirts act as an umbrella for the body to keep it cool and block the sun's rays. The workers also said it's crucial to drink lukewarm instead of cold water when the body is hot because drinking cold water can send the body into shock and cause a seizure.

They made note that every construction site has safety personnel to keep an eye on the workers and watch for signs of heat stroke.

"Sometimes construction workers and people who work hard, intensive labor don't realize how high their body's getting, how hot and high their body's getting. They lose sense of consciousness and they keep on working until they pass out," says Sal Pisciotta, of Local 731.

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