Public Health

Extreme Heat

Be Climate ReadyThe Department of Public Health Reminds you to Be Climate Ready. Always stay informed, prepared and have a plan. Here are some tips on how you can prepare!

Extreme Heat

We remind our community to be mindful of extreme heat during the summer. Stay cool, stay hydrated and always stay informed!

Stay Cool: Find places in your community where you can go to get cool. The City Of El Paso offers cooling centers during extreme heat warning. Call 2-1-1 for more information to find the nearest cooling center to you. Here are some tips on how to keep your home cool during periods of extreme heat:

Those who are in need of a fan can dial 2-1-1 to check for eligibility criteria and receive details on how to receive a free fan.

If you plan on being outside, be prepared. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face and find shade. Wear loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing. Remember to always use a minimum of SPF 15 and to apply at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Remember to apply to ears, scalp, lips, neck, tops of feet, and the back of hands . If you perspire heavily or will be in water, remember to reapply at least every 2 hours.

Avoid strenuous activities. They increase the chance of dehydration which can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion or a heat stroke.

Stay Hydrated: Drink on plenty of fluids.

Stay Informed: Keep updated through the local news for any weather updates. Know if your area will be affected due to the extreme weather and look out for information on planned power outages. Have a plan in place in case of emergencies. Check yourself, your family members, and your neighbors.

Never leave people or pets in a closed car. Never leave children in a car, even for a minute. Children’s temperature can rise 3-5 degrees higher than an adult. When it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes. Cars can get dangerously hot fast. Have a plan for your family and pets before needing to leave your home. Plan to leave them with someone or take them down with you.

For more information call 3-1-1 or 2-1-1 for a list of available services.

Free Cooling Stations

The City of El Paso is offering FREE cooling stations. The cooling stations are open on the following schedules:

Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday from noon - 7 p.m.

Cooling stations are available at:

Resources

English Flyers
Pet Safety Tips
Extreme Heat Safety Tips
Heat Exhaustion + Heat Stroke
Healthy Tips for the Summer

Volantes en Español
Consejos de Seguridad para Mascotas
Consejos de Seguridad para Calor Extremo
Agotamiento por Calor y Golpe por Calor
Consejos de Seguridad para el Verano