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. 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.

Do NOT leave your pet inside a Car!

Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death. Protecting animals from an unnecessary death is a problem we can all agree to prevent.

Cool outside doesn't mean cool in the car!

What to do when you see an animal in a hot vehicle:

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:

Don't Get Stung By The Sun

Be Climate Ready, Don't Get Stung by The Sun! TipsUV Radiation from the sun can be dangerous. It can cause premature aging and skin cancer. We are exposed to the sun when it penetrates clouds and gas and bounced off snow, water and sand. Sun damage accumulates over the years, from prolonged outdoor exposure to simple activities like walking the dog, going from your car to the store, and outdoor gardening.

Tips to keep you and your family safe from the UV radiation:

Sunscreen Dispensers

The City of El Paso averages 297 days of sunshine each year. Affectionately known as the “Sun City”, it is home to more than 250 parks and 3,000 acres of open space. While El Pasoans appreciate many days of joyous sunshine, those UV rays can be harmful to the unprotected. Nearly 90% of all melanomas are thought to be caused by exposure o UV light and sunlight.

The Sun Smart campaign - partnership with the Rio Grande Cancer foundation and the City of El Paso is aimed to provide sunscreen dispensers for our most vulnerable population – our children.

Look for the bright yellow dispensers in city spray parks and public gathering places sponsored by El Paso LIVE. Dispensers are also along the Playa Drain Trail, a city-wide trail beginning at Ascarate Park.

The Foundation is pleased to provide ‘loaners’ for your sun-filled events. Please send your request for dispensers via email to cmartinez@rgcf.org. Email your contact information, date of your event, anticipated numbers and the location.

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