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Be Prepared for Weekend’s Triple Digit Temperatures 6/27/2012

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – This summer’s first round of severely hot weather is expected to enter the Fayetteville area this weekend with temperatures expected to reach into the triple digits. The Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management Department encourages everyone to please take extra precautions when engaging in all outdoor activities to prevent heat related illnesses, as well as unwanted fires.

With the heat comes the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. At risk populations include children and the elderly, as well as outdoor workers like farmers and construction crews. There is also an increased risk of heat related injuries and fatalities among athletes and those engaged in outdoor sports and recreation during periods of prolonged heat. Typically, heat related illnesses and fatalities increase dramatically around the third day of a heat wave. This is why heat is known as the silent killer and claims more lives than any other type of severe weather. Staying well hydrated is the best defense from heat exhaustion.

Also, with Fourth of July celebrations coming up next week, the Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management Department wants to remind folks to take advantage of public firework shows. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks: devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death.  Please leave the use of all fireworks to the professionals. The only fireworks that are legal are the fireworks that are sold in North Carolina. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 total structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 14,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in direct property damage.

Caution when using outdoor grills is also strongly encouraged by the Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management Department. Charcoal and gas grills designed for outdoor use should be in good working condition and constantly attended to by an adult when in use. Always dispose of used charcoal in a safe manner and keep away from any type of combustible material. Never use any type of grill from the balcony of an apartment building or other type of multi-family dwelling.

The Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management Department wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend by protecting yourself, your family and your neighbors. Contact the Fire Prevention Office at (910) 433-1730 if you need any further information.