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Ways to Be Safe in Very Hot Weather

June 17, 2016 - Public Relations - Information

As temperatures are rising statewide, reaching over 100 degrees in some areas, the New Mexico Department of Health reminds residents to protect themselves from the risk of heat stress and heat-related illness by taking precautions such as staying hydrated and staying out of the sun during days with extremely high temperatures.

People who work outside are most vulnerable, along with people who live in the Southeast and Southwest regions of the state.  These regions had the highest rates of emergency department visits in the state for heat-related illness during June and July.

"We ask everyone to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion, and to check on their family, friends and neighbors who may be especially vulnerable to extreme heat," said Department of Health Secretary Designate Lynn Gallagher. "Infants, young children, older adults and people with chronic disease have a tougher time regulating their body temperature. Please help them stay cool and hydrated."

To prevent heat-related illness the Department of Health advises New Mexicans to:

  • Stay in a cool indoors place when it is hot, and go to places with air conditions such as public libraries, museums, and community centers.
  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Do not leave children, the elderly or pets in cars.

For more health protection tips visit the Heat Stress - Environmental Public Health Tracking webpage.

 


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