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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stay Cool

Current Heat Index 5:30 PM 6/21/17 Weather.com
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It is predicted that it will be 109° in El Paso tomorrow and 110° on Friday. It is time to be indoors (with air conditioning) and avoid going outside except when necessary. 

The City of El Paso emailed this press release today:

JUNE 20, 2017 | NEWS RELEASE
 
Summer Heat Safety Tips
El Paso Firefighters and the Extreme Weather Taskforce remind the public to be safe as temperatures rise
 
El Paso, Texas – As the community prepares for the upcoming heat advisory, the El Paso Fire Department and the Extreme Weather Taskforce would like to remind the public to stay safe in the heat with the following tips:
 
• Know the signs of heat-related illnesses. These include in order of progression: heat rash, sunburn (sunburn reduces the body’s ability to cool off), heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency.
• Stay indoors and limit your exposure to the sun.
• If possible move outdoor work to morning or evening hours.
• Wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
• Drink plenty of water and replace electrolytes. Avoid heavy meals, caffeine and alcohol.
• Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water.
• At minimum, you should be drinking eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
• Protect face and head; wear a wide-brimmed hat.
• Sunscreens with and SPF of 30 or more applied 30 minutes prior to going outside should be applied to all surfaces that will be exposed the sun.
• Check on friends and family, especially the elderly.
• NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
• Ensure pets have plenty of water and access to shade throughout the day.
 
For a PSA with these summer heat safety tips, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSkJgK_VMqc
 
A Spanish version of the PSA is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilmnxlsKUeY.
 
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