September 02, 2011 11:14
Schools may shorten class hours and put restrictions on outdoor sporting programs for students as temporary measures this month due to the excessive heat.
The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said on Thursday it is mulling various measures to minimize the risk of sunstroke as the sweltering heat is forecast to continue until mid-September.
Under the measures, principals of elementary, middle and high schools are allowed to cut class hours whenever heat wave advisories are issued, or close schools temporarily if the weather becomes unbearably hot.
Heat advisories are issued when the daytime temperature hits 33 degrees Celsius between June and September. A higher level of warning is given when the mercury rises to 35 and stays there for at least two days.
The government also advised that industries that employ outdoor laborers, such as construction workers, should allow their employees to take a break between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on extremely hot days.
It also urged that safety checks on facilities handling flammable substances, such as gas stations, and rail and subway trains, be stepped up.
As for businesses, it suggested implementing more flexible working hours allowing for breaks during the hottest hours of the day, such as by having staff start and finish work earlier.
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