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Borderland residents brave the heat to enjoy outdoor activities

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POSTED: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 3:30pm

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The sun beat down on the borderland today, bringing temperatures above normal, but that didn't stop people from getting out and enjoying outdoor activities.

If you bring a hat, it's going to help. bring a lot of sun block and bring the sun block to put it again especially if you have kids, put it on them," said Brenda Romero, special events coordinator for El Paso Parks and Recreation.

Cassondra Tomlinson said she makes sure to keep her son out of the sun as much as possible.

"My family has some skin cancer in the past. It runs in our family so we like to be careful and wear sunscreen and make sure we're not always in the sun," Tomlinson said.

As for hydration, water is the best bet.
Soda, alcohol or other caffeinated drinks can promote dehydration.

Andrea Jones and her family said they enjoy being outdoors, but try to avoid being outside during peak hours during the summer.

"We're always taking water for us and the kids to go. We try to get it from at home all ready so we have it in the car with us and can refill," Jones said.

Hydration and limited exposure to sun doesn't just apply to humans, but to our four legged friends as well.

Jim Andrew brought his two dogs outside to enjoy Art in the Park at Memorial Park. He said he treats his dogs just as he would a baby.

"They'll let me know if they're getting too warm. They'll drag me to the shade...They'll start panting and let me know they need some water," Andrew said.
"It's common sense really. Humans get hot and so do animals."
  

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