Dangerous Heat Wave in El Paso

The NWS has emitted Heat Advisories as temperatures in the borderland are now hitting constant triple digit numbers and are expected to stay that way into the next week.

The EPFD and the OEM are reminding the community of steps they can take to stay safe during extreme heat.

  • Avoid strenuous activities and avoid direct sunlight. Find shade or block out the sun if possible. If possible stay indoors where you can have access to air conditioning.
  • If outside, find shade wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated by drinking water every 15 to 20 minutes while outdoors.
  • Check on family members and neighbors, especially the elderly.
  • Never leave people or pets in a car.

Learn the signs of and ways to treat heat-injuries:

HEAT CRAMPS – Signs: Muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms, or legs. Actions: Go to a cooler location. Remove excess clothing. Take sips of cool sports drinks. Get medical help if cramps last more than an hour.

HEAT EXHAUSTION – Signs: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.

Actions: Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath. Take sips of cool sports drinks. Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.

HEAT STROKE – Signs: Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees) indicated by an oral thermometer; red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat; rapid, strong pulse; dizziness; confusion; and unconsciousness.

Actions: Call 9-1-1 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.