Stay Cool El Paso, Here’s Where You Can Get a Free Fan
It's here El Paso. The 100 degree heat has arrived and it's going to be around for awhile. El Paso International Airport hit 100 degrees on Sunday, which is the first triple digit day of 2021. According to The Weather Channel, here's what we can look forward to over the next week or so:
- Wednesday, June 9th - 101°
- Thursday, June 10th - 104°
- Friday, June 11th - 105°
- Saturday, June 12th - 106°
- Sunday, June 13th - 104°
- Monday, June 14th - 101°
- Tuesday, June 15th - 100°
- Wednesday, June 16th - 97°
- Thursday, June 17th - 97°
- Friday, June 18th - 98°
- Saturday, June 19th - 98°
- Sunday, June 20th - 101°
- Monday, June 21st - 101°
- Tuesday, June 22nd - 100°
- Wednesday, June 23rd - 99°
Of course, living in El Paso, you get used to triple digit heat. But that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. Make sure you're aware of the following signs of heat exhaustion:
- Heat exhaustion symptoms
- Tiredness or weakness
- Dizziness, headaches and fainting
- Heavy sweating, cold, pale and clammy skin
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fast or weak pulse
Here are some tips to keep yourself safe during the heat:
- drink plenty of non-sugared and non-alcoholic fluids
- protect yourself with a wide-brimmed, loose-fitting hat that allows for ventilation and protects from the sun
- stay in air-conditioned places when possible
- reduce exercise during periods of high temperatures
- use sunscreen
- wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light colored clothing
Also, don't forget about your pets. Be sure you keep them safe as well:
- make sure your pet is tested for heartworm
- provide proper shade
- give them plenty of fresh, clean water in a shaded area
- never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle
- do not walk your dog in extreme heat as their sensitive paw pads can burn
That last one is one that a lot of people forget about. An easy way to tell if the concrete is too hot for your pets, put the back of your hand on the ground. If it burns your hand, it's going to burn your pets paws.
There are also free cooling centers at the following sites:
- Galatzan Rec Center, 650 Wallenberg Dr.
- Veterans Rec Center, 5301 Salem Dr.
- Chamizal Rec Center, 2101 Cypress Ave.
- Gary Del Palacio Rec Center, 3001 Parkwood St.
- Officer David Ortiz Rec Center, 563 North Carolina Dr.
- Valle Bajo Community Center, 7380 Alameda Ave.
- Marty Robbins Rec Center, 11620 Vista del Sol Dr.
If you are in need of a fan, you can CALL 2-1-1. There you can find out if you're eligible and get details on picking up a free fan. El Paso's Extreme Weather Task Force is also accepting fan donations. You can drop off fans at any El Paso or Horizon fire department stations.