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With the National Weather Service forecasting near triple-digit temperatures for Las Cruces through Tuesday, June 22, 2021, the City of Las Cruces has extended the availability of designated facilities as cooling stations until at least that date. Temperatures will be further assessed during the week to determine whether these facilities will continue to remain active as a Cooling Stations.
A cooling station is a place that offers temporary shelter from the heat for the elderly, other high-risk residents, and the general public. To confirm that a cooling station is open, residents are encouraged to call beforehand.
The following cooling stations will be 10 AM to 5 p.m. weekdays:
Weekend cooling stations will be open 1 – 6 PM.
Las Cruces residents should keep in mind they may need to adjust their plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from Centers for Disease Control. Residents are encouraged to reach seek out cooling shelters that may be available.
Residents are also reminded to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors. They should also take extra precautions if they are planning to work or spend time outside during the coming week. When possible, strenuous activities should be rescheduled to early morning or evening hours.
They are also urged to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion symptoms include: Headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting; weakness and moist skin; irritability or confusion; and an upset stomach. Heat stroke symptoms include dry, hot skin with no sweating; mental confusion or loss of consciousness; and seizures or convulsions. Heat stroke is an emergency and residents should call 911 if anyone is experiencing those symptoms.
People at a higher risk of heat-related illness include: infants and young children; older adults; people with disabilities; anyone with chronic heart or lung problems; overweight persons; those who work outdoors or in hot settings; users of some medications, especially some drugs for mental disorders, movement disorders, allergies, depression, and heart and circulatory problems; and isolated persons who won’t know when or how to cool off or call for help.
Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.