Fire Department Issues Warning Heading into Heat Wave

The Murrieta Fire Department has issued a warning to residents about preparing for a heat wave this weekend that is expected to include te...

The Murrieta Fire Department has issued a warning to residents about preparing for a heat wave this weekend that is expected to include temperatures well over 100 degrees.

Murrieta Firefighters are on high alert for brush fires and heat-related illnesses, according to a fire department news release. The combination of hot weather with low relative humidity and dry vegetation could result in more brush fires like the one seen alongside Interstate 15 south of Temecula on June 4. Fire officials urge the public to be aware of activity that could lead to fires, such as illegal fireworks, tow-chains dragging from trailers, and poorly discarded cigarettes.

Anyone observing a fire or smoke is asked to immediately call 911. Residents are also encouraged to follow these guidelines during times of extreme heat:

1. Stay in an air conditioned indoor location as much as possible.

2. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty.

3. Schedule outdoor activities carefully.

4. Wear loose, light-weight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.

5. Pace yourself.

6. Take cool showers or baths to cool down.

7. Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.

8. Never leave children or pets in cars.

9. Check the local news for health and safety updates.

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