Tips for staying safe in the triple-digit heat

MGN Online
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 11:44pm

The extreme heat means it is important to not over-do it in the sun.

When the heat turns up now that summer weather is here, people are looking to cool down.

But if you have to be outside, or insist on exercising in the sun, there are things you can do to stay safe.

Battalion Chief for the El Paso Fire Department, Frank Perry said the most important thing you can do is drink plenty of water.

"Number one, stay hydrated. It is recommended that people drink 8-16 ounces of cold fluids per hour," Perry said.

He also said it is important to wear sunscreen, try to stay in shaded areas, and wear the appropriate clothing.

Last year rescue crews had to save about 40 people who went hiking in the heat.

"The main reason we get rescues out here, is people not being prepared,” Perry said. “Hydration, people go out there with a single little bottle of water. When you are hiking you do go through a lot of water. They will start getting heat exhaustion and heat cramps and they can't seem to move on after that."

Also, he said don't leave kids or pets in the car, even if it is just for a minute. Perry says the temperature inside the car can be much hotter than outside's.

Perry said following these tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe during the summer months.
  

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