ALERT: Use caution when outdoors Saturday

It’s going to be another blazing hot day across the Concho Valley during the hottest spell of weather of the year so far. With high temperatures reaching 100 degrees and higher, it’s important to remember heat safety tips.

According to NOAA, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.

There are a few safety tips that can keep people safe during high heat days:

  • If outdoors always stay hydrated, wear loose light colored clothing, find shade frequently and limit strenuous activity.
  • Never leave pets or children in vehicles. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature inside a vehicle to climb over 100 degrees. Look before you lock.

James from Arizona shared his story with NOAA in their heat safety campaign.

“I came down with heat exhaustion in just 15 minutes in 105 degrees on a airport ramp because of salt depletion and wearing the wrong clothing. It took me a long painful day to recover and I was lucky. I had a strange reaction, bringing me to my knees and trying to recover my vision and not become sick to my stomach. It comes upon a person unaware.”