Summer is finally here and the El Paso Fire Department wants to make sure you stay safe in the heat.

Summertime is a wonderful time in El Paso. People enjoy the outdoor festivals, swimming in the pool, playtime at the park and BBQ with friends and family. While there are so many fun outdoor activities you can enjoy, the heat can make outdoor activities dangerous.

The El Paso Fire Department has released a list of tips to keep people safe with enjoying the summer.

  • Know the signs of heat related illness- signs include heat rash, sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke is a serious emergency that requires medical attention.
  • Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day and limit your exposure to the sun
  • Try to move outdoor work to the morning or evening hours
  • Wear light-colored, lightweight, loose fitting clothing
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid heavy meals, caffeine and alcohol
  • continue to hydrate yourself, don't drink only when you feel thirsty
  • Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Protect your face and head by wearing a hat
  • Use SPF 30 or more sunscreen and apply at least 30 minutes before going outside
  • Remember to check on children and elderly during extreme heat
  • DO NOT leave children or pets in closed vehicles. The heat level can quickly rise in an enclosed
· Check on friends and family, especially the elderly.
· NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
· Ensure pets have plenty of water.
 
For a list of these and other summer safety tips, please visit http://www.elpasotexas.gov/fire-department/divisions/fire-prevention.