The El Paso Fire Department is reminding residents to keep the following safety tips in mind while celebrating Labor Day:
Use extreme caution when cooking on outdoor grills to prevent painful burn injuries and inhalation of smoke and gases.
Never use gasoline in place of charcoal lighter fluid.
Never reapply charcoal lighter fluid after the fire has started.
Outdoor grills should never be used in confined spaces, such as inside homes, campers or tents, or any other area that is not properly ventilated.
Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to rehydrate.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. These can lead to dehydration and increase the effects of heat illness.
Wear light, loose-fitting clothes.
Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Animals need shade and water. Pets can dehydrate quickly, so make sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water.
Wear your seatbelt.
Never drive under the influence of any substance. Drive attentively and responsibly.
Plan ahead and be patient. Lots of people travel during the Labor Day weekend.
If you are in need of emergency assistance, dial 9-1-1 immediately.