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Denver Heat Wave: Tips to Stay Cool Outside

By meerna Jul11,2024
Denver Heat Wave: Tips to Stay Cool Outside

DENVER (KDVR) — West Metro Fire Rescue said they are already treating people experiencing heat-related issues even before temperatures forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday hit triple digits.

People are advised to stay hydrated and cool to avoid heat-related illnesses. Heat cramps and heat exhaustion are a big problem.

“If you know you’re going to be outside and exposed to inclement weather, prepare for that a few days in advance,” said Deputy Chief Jason McConaghy.

In Denver, wind chills are already high, in the 80s and 90s, and heat warnings are in the forecast.

Outdoor Crews: Tips for Staying Healthy in the Heat

It’s that time of year when crews outside are finding ways to stay safe in the heat. Firefighters know it’s a battle.

Adams County firefighters battled a fire at a condo near Hidden Lake in Arvada Wednesday morning and had to carry hoses up three flights of stairs, with some crew members carrying 50 pounds of gear.

Stay hydrated, take breaks

Water breaks and rest were crucial.

“Anytime we have high temperatures, we try to monitor our people. These people know exactly what they’re working in, so their company officers monitor them,” Deputy Chief Clinton Garner said.

Paramedics advise people to drink plenty of water and wear light clothing.. They say finding shade and taking breaks can also help keep you safe.

Wear protective clothing

FOX31 also discovered groundskeeping crews were installing irrigation pipes at Faversham Park in Arvada.

These workers were dressed in protective gear. Some had their faces completely covered to protect them from the sun, and they had a cooler filled with water and Gatorade nearby.

“We take a short break in the shade and then get back to work,” said crew member Ramon Lomeli.

Check on Colorado’s children and seniors

Children under 4 years of age and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat exhaustion.

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