City of Eagle Pass Fire Chief Manuel (Sonny) Mello advises the entire community especially the youth and older citizens to be careful during the intense summer heat.
Mello reiterates the importance of staying hydrated and assure that if you will be exposed to the sun and heat for long periods of time to protect yourself either by using a protective lotion or other means of protection from the elements.
“It is around this time of the year that we start seeing higher temperatures and we need to assure that we are all protected especially the most vulnerable during the hot weather which are children and older people.”
Chief Mello emphasizes the importance of taking certain steps to avoid dehydration and potentially heat stroke for those who do work outside all of the time. “Keeping hydrated at all times is one of the most important steps you need to take.”
This coming weeks are going to be hot ones as many weather sites are showing that Maverick county will have temperatures passing the 100-degree mark beginning July 9, 2017.
U.S records show that as of 1998 over 700 children have died due to heatstroke consequences of being left in a hot vehicle in the middle of the searing heat.
The Eagle Pass Fire Department advises that there are certain preventive measures that one can take to avoid such consequential tragedies including, looking before for you lock your vehicle and walk away, create a reminder for yourself that a child or children are in the vehicle with you, make it a routine to go through those steps especially during the summer hot weather when temperatures inside a locked and unventilated vehicle are much hotter that outside.
When it comes to elderly persons make sure that they have adequate air conditioning in their living quarters and that they also have access to water to stay hydrated.