Colorado will experience a record number of 100-degree days. What you need to know about the heat wave
Colorado will experience a record number of 100-degree days. What you need to know about the heat wave

Denver hasn’t seen a streak of three consecutive days with temperatures above 100 degrees in three years. Because of the extreme heat, CBS News’ Colorado First Alert Weather team has declared First Alert Weather Days for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The latest First Alert forecast can be found Here.


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How to save money on your electricity bill

According to Xcel Energy, using air conditioning at certain times of the day can become more expensive. And Xcel says turning the thermostat down during off-peak hours or overnight can help save money. Peak times are from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. According to Xcel, nearly half of a customer’s summer electricity bill is for home cooling.

Cooling centers

The city of Aurora will open four cooling centers during the heat wave predicted by the First Alert forecast for Colorado. They will be open any day when temperatures are above 90 degrees.

  • Central Library. 14949 E. Alameda Parkway
  • Hoffman Library. 1298 Peoria St.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Library. 9898 E. Colfax Ave
  • Aurora Day Resource Center. 13387 E. 19th place

Protection for your pets

The Foothills Animal Shelter advises pet owners to never leave their animals unattended in a car. And test the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for an animal’s paws. According to Foothills Animal Shelter, signs of heat exhaustion include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, weakness and collapse. If you notice any of these symptoms and are concerned about your pet’s well-being, seek veterinary care immediately.

CDC Extreme Heat Guide

According to the CDC, about 1,220 people die from extreme heat in the United States each year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a HeatRisk map by zip code. You can enter your zip code to get advice and information from the CDC.

OSHA lists these two heat illnesses

Heat cramps are muscle pains usually caused by physical labor in a hot work environment. Heat cramps are caused by the loss of body salts and fluids when sweating. If a worker shows signs of possible heat cramps:

• Workers should replace fluid loss by drinking water and taking a snack and/or electrolyte replacement fluids (e.g. sports drinks) every 15 to 20 minutes

• Employees should avoid salt tablets

• Get medical attention if the worker has heart problems, is on a low-sodium diet, or if cramps do not subside within an hour

Heat rash is the most common problem in hot work environments. Heat rash is caused by sweating and looks like a cluster of red pimples or small blisters. Heat rash usually appears on the neck, upper chest, groin, under the breasts, and in the crooks of the elbows. The rash area should be kept dry. Powder can be applied for relief. Ointments and creams should not be applied to heat rash. Anything that warms or moistens the skin can make the rash worse.

Tips to stay cool

Hospitals in Colorado expect a Increase in patients during the heat wave.

The City of Denver offers the following tips to help prevent heat-related illness during extreme temperatures:

  • Stay indoors with air conditioning as much as possible. Air conditioning is the best way to protect yourself from heat-related illness. If your home is not air-conditioned, visit a public place like a library to cool off.
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink
  • Fans do not prevent heat-related illness in extreme heat. Instead, take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Do not use the stove or oven for cooking – this will make you and the house warmer
  • Do not drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages
  • Limit your outdoor activities, especially during midday when the sun is hottest

Protect plants

Browning or crispy leaf edges can be an indication that the heat is taking its toll on your plants. “You can tell if you have sun damage because the leaves are all pointing toward that dominant sun angle at the hottest time of day,” says John Murgel, CSU Douglas County Extension horticulture and natural resources specialist. Murgel recommends watering plants in advance, covering vegetables with a cloth or bringing the plants indoors if possible.

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