DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE
The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) encourages New Mexicans to drink lots of water, rest, and seek shade when they are outdoors to reduce the risk of heat-related illness. In regions reaching triple digits, people should remain in cooled indoor places as much as possible.
During school or childcare programs, recess, P.E., and sports training should take place early in the morning or move to cool, indoor spaces during the hotter hours of the day. The elderly, very young, or pregnant people should be extra cautious in the heat as they are less able to regulate internal temperatures.
“People who are out enjoying September events, such as the New Mexico State Fair, should take precautions such as frequently going into cooled indoor places, staying well-hydrated, and taking breaks often in shaded areas,” said Acting Cabinet Secretary David Scrase, M.D.
Data analysis by the New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, a division of the Epidemiology and Response Division, found 86 degrees was the temperature at which people go to the hospital for heat-related health problems. Temperatures are expected to increase on Friday and Saturday. Central New Mexico can expect temperatures in the mid-90s, while the eastern part of the state can expect 100-degree weather.
DOH reminds New Mexicans to never leave children, pets, or elders inside a parked vehicle. While running errands, always take babies, children, elders, and pets inside with you.
Heat-related illness can have many symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, cramping, and weakness. At its most severe, it can lead to heatstroke and death. To help New Mexicans and visitors spot the signs of heat-related illnesses, and to help them avoid becoming ill, NMDOH offers tips at: https://nmtracking.org/health/heatstress/Heat.html.