DENVER (KDVR) — West Metro Fire Rescue said they have already been dealing with people experiencing problems related to the heat, even before triple-digit temperatures hit the forecast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

People are advised to hydrate and stay cool to avoid suffering heat-related illnesses. Heat cramps and heat exhaustion are a big problem.


“If you know that you are going to be outside and you are going to be in the elements, then prepare yourself a couple of days beforehand,” Assistant Chief Jasen McConaghy said.

It already feels hot around Denver with temperatures in the 80s and lower 90s, and now heat advisories are in the forecast.

Outdoor crews: Tips for staying healthy in the heat

This is the time of year when outdoor crews find ways to stay safe in the heat. Firefighters know that struggle all too well.

Adams County firefighters were battling a blaze at a condo near Hidden Lake in Arvada on Wednesday morning and had to haul hoses up three flights of stairs. Some of those crew members were carrying 50 pounds of gear.

Hydrate, take breaks

Water and rest breaks were crucial.

“Any time we get into elevated temperatures, we try and monitor our people. These guys are well aware of what they are working in, so their company officers monitor them,” Deputy Chief Clinton Garner said.

Emergency workers advise people to drink a lot of water and wear light clothing. They say finding shade and taking breaks can also help keep you safe.

Wear protective clothing

FOX31 also found landscaping crews laying irrigation pipes at Faversham Park in Arvada.

Those workers were layered in protective clothing. Some of their faces were fully masked to protect them from the sun, and they kept an ice chest filled with water and Gatorade nearby.

“We just take a small break in the shade and then we get back to work,” crew member Ramon Lomeli said.

Check on children, older Coloradans

Children under 4 years old and older people are especially susceptible to heat exhaustion.