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State reminds people to take precautions in heat

State reminds people to take precautions in heat

David Lynch
June 17, 2017 04:01 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – As temperatures in some parts of New Mexico inch towards triple-digits, the state Department of Health is reminding residents about what they can do to avoid heat-related illness.

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In a statement sent out Saturday afternoon, the department says it’s important to never leave children or pets in vehicles in the coming days, which are expected to be the warmest stretch of the year in some cities.

The department is also reminding residents that anyone can be at risk for heat-related illness. However, the elderly, very young and those with chronic diseases are most at risk.

While staying cool while outside is imperative, prevention goes a long way, according to the department. It offered the following tips in that regard:

  • Stay cool indoors; don’t rely on a fan as a primary cooling device.
  • Drink more water than you normally would.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids with high amounts of sugar.
  • Replace salts and minerals.
  • Wear light-colored clothing that is also light in weight.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Monitor people at high risk of catching a heat-related illness.

For a look at the forecast in Albuquerque and across the state, click here

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David Lynch

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