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Heather Davis / Fresno Chaffee Zoo

When the temperature hits triple-digits, keeping ourselves and our pets cool may be the main priorities for us humans. But zoo animals enjoy a cool-down, too, and the Fresno Chaffee Zoo has some creative solutions for helping beat the heat. At some point in your life, you’ve probably eaten a popsicle with a gumball in it—or maybe strawberry slices. Now imagine that instead of fruit or candy, your ice pop contained pieces of fish. That’s what sea lions get at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. For...

Diana Aguilera

Working outside in the heat is something many people in the Central Valley have to do on a daily basis. The hot weather is a concern especially for those who work in the valley’s fields. From 2000 to 2012 nearly 7,000 people were hospitalized in California for heat related illnesses and around 600 died. California now has the toughest workplace regulations when it comes to heat but there’s still a problem- accurately measuring internal body temperature. Now as FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports...

New Heat Regulations Aim To Protect California Workers

Apr 28, 2015

With summer approaching, the state California is implementing new rules to protect outdoor workers. Revised heat safety regulations from Cal-OSHA take effect May 1st. Among the regulations, workers must have easy access to free, cool water. And supervisors and workers must also be trained to recognize and react to signs of heat illness. Amy Martin is Chief Counsel of Cal-OSHA. She says the rules also require that shade be made available when the temperature reaches 80 degrees, which is five...

California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers

Mar 31, 2014
Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

Paid rest breaks would become mandatory for farm workers and other outdoor workers under a bill now in the California legislature. The measure is an attempt to prevent heat related illnesses. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports. People who work outdoors are susceptible to dizziness, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Nicole Marquez with the advocacy group Worksafe says farm workers are commonly paid based on how much they pick. Marquez: “This requires them to work very...

This week on Valley Edition we talk about the controversy over the labeling of genetically modified foods, which will be on the November ballot as Proposition 37. We hear arguments on both sides of the issue. We also talk about the current heat wave and what is has to do with global warming, and learn more about a series of events from the Fresno County Library connected to the book Farewell to Manzanar. Segment 1: Prop 37 Sparks Debate Over GMO Foods
Controversy has erupted over what...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

People use more energy when its hot, and Californias power grid operator has issued a Flex Alert because of the current heat wave. Cal-ISO is the states Independent System Operator. When the forecast for demand gets close to the states power generating capacity, the operator calls a Flex Alert. Stephanie McCorkle with Cal-ISO says its most important to conserve during the peak usage hours between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Electricity is not something you can bottle up and store on a shelf. It...

The ag industry may soon see some changes, now that the Farmworker Safety Act was approved by the state Assembly yesterday afternoon. AB 2346 is intended to fight heat illness by requiring water and shade be made available within 200 feet of farm workers, as well as holding employers liable for deaths that occur while working and fining them up to one million dollars for unsafe working conditions. Author of the bill, Congresswoman Betsy Butler, says this policy is a long time coming since...

Farmers, Government Seek to Prevent Heat Illness

Jul 26, 2011

Its mid-morning under a sunny and nearly cloudless sky at Paul Betancourts farm, about 20 miles southwest of Kerman. Two workers are getting ready to disk the wheat field with the tractor and irrigate the cotton. Betancourt has been monitoring the temperature. It was 86 when you drove up and the forecast for Fresno is 99, he says. Its usually a little cooler out here. Weve kinda done the heavy lifting for the day already. One of his employees, Ruben Elenes, has been a farmworker for 15 years....