Fire officials warn May Day protesters about heat illness

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Workers carry the American flag during the annual May Day march downtown Los Angeles, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Workers carry the American flag during the annual May Day march downtown Los Angeles, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles fire officials warned thousands of May Day protesters part in demonstrations and other activities in downtown Los Angeles today to stay hydrated amid hot temperatures in the 90s.

Temperatures had reached in the low-to-mid 90s in Los Angeles by midday, with activities planned throughout the day.

Demonstrators were being asked to beware of heat illness during throughout the day, and to take frequent breaks in the shade and to drink water.

“It’s one of our major concerns, as this is probably the hottest part of the year so far,” said Los Angeles Fire Capt. Armando Cuevas.

He said if anyone feels dizzy, they should seek shade and drink water.

“Drink lots of water, water, water, water,” Cuevas said. “That’s probably the best remedy that we can give advice for the people out here marching today.”

This year’s march, themed “Keeping Families Together,” emphasized the goal of ending deportations that split parents from their children.

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