How To Stay Safe In Heat Wave

POSTED: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 8:39am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm

Record-breaking temperatures create danger for many

El Paso has seen many triple-digit days over the last several weeks including yesterday, which reached 105 degrees.

With the heat comes danger for the young, elderly and for pets.

The El Paso Fire Department tells us one of the biggest dangers when the temperature rises is people not taking simple steps to avoid overheating.

Firefighters have already responded to over 50 heat-related emergencies this summer, ranging from dehydration to heat stroke.

They recommend several safety tips:

- drink lots of water and stay out of the sun
- if it's too hot inside your house, cool off at a fire station, library or mall
- avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can dehydrate you
- if you have an elderly neighbor, check in on them
- never leave your kids or pets inside the car, where temperatures can quickly increase

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