The Houston Fire Department Reminds Citizens of Simple Tips to Keep Safe and Healthy During Hot Weather

Aug 9, 2019

With the heat index reaching into the possible triple digits throughout this weekend, the Houston Fire Department reminds citizens about the importance of taking safety measures when outdoors to avoid heat-related medical emergencies, this also includes making sure caregivers “Look Before They Lock” for children and pets left in vehicles.

Before conducting outdoors activities and feeling thirsty, drink plenty of water and electrolyte-replacement beverages. Avoid beverages or food sources with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can actually result in the loss of body fluid.  Most popular sodas contain high levels of sugar and should be avoided when conducting strenuous activity. Avoid drinking alcohol the evening before conducting strenuous exercise as alcohol increases.

Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Individuals unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks. Take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility.

A wide-brimmed, loose-fitting hat that allows ventilation helps prevent sunburn and heat-related emergencies. A tight-fitting baseball cap is not the best choice when conducting strenuous outdoors activities. Sunscreen also helps protect injury from the sun’s rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.  Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration. Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.

Common heat-related medical emergencies include: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms that typically occur in the abdomen, arm, and legs in association with strenuous activity. If you have heart problems or are on a low sodium diet, get medical attention for heat cramps. If medical attention is not necessary, take these steps: Stop all activity, and sit quietly in a cool place, Drink clear juice or a sport drink , Do not return to strenuous activity for a few hours until after the cramps subside because further exertion may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke. Seek medical attention for heat cramps if they do not subside in one hour.
 Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of water and salt contained in sweat. Signs include profuse sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, a weak-but-rapid pulse and fainting. The skin may be cool and moist. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke.
 Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating system fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given. Heat stroke symptoms include an extremely high body temperature (above 103°F, orally), red, hot and dry skin (no sweating), rapid and strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and unconsciousness.”Look Before You Lock”.

If children are trapped inside cars, it can result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, leading to permanent disability or death in a matter of minutes. Heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, can cause shock, seizures, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, and damage to the brain, liver and kidneys. 

National Stats indicate that even on “mild” days or if the window is “cracked” the inside of a vehicle can reach nearly 120 degrees. And remember children are more sensitive to heat, causing heat stroke.  HFD recommends that parents and caregivers place their purse, phone, computer or wallet in the back seat as a reminder that they have a child in the car. Caregivers can also keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver and  have a plan with the childcare provider to call you if the child does not show up for daycare.

If anyone sees an unattended child in a car, they should call 911 and stay until help arrives.

Pet owners are also reminded that pets who are left in hot cars, even for the briefest amount of time, can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can potentially die.

Pool and water safety is also important as we try and stay cool during these hot temperatures. 

Active, focused, adult supervision is the most important safety measure to prevent a water-related tragedy involving a child. The vast majority of children who drown in pools do so in the backyards of their own homes or of relatives.

HFD also recommends parents and guardians learn CPR. Seconds count if a person drowns and performing CPR quickly and correctly can save their life. For more information on local CPR classes, please contact the American Red Cross , your local hospitals or medical schools.
 ~In response to the continued threat of extreme heat, the City of Houston will extend the hours of operations for the following public facilities through Friday to 6 p.m.; the same facilities will be open to the public from noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11.:Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 9314 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77051Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 West Montgomery Rd., Houston, TX 77091Northeast Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding St., Houston, TX 77016Magnolia Multi-Service Center, 7037 Capitol St., Houston, TX 77011For current Heat Advisories and information on the City’s Cooling Centers, please visit

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Aug 9, 2019

Astros suma experiencia y garra a su roster, con la llegada de Gustavo “Panchi” Barrera, jugador de amplio recorrido en las duelas internacionales que ha militado en la Liga Española en equipos como Huelva, Leche Río, Melilla, Club Granada, Unicaja de Málaga o en su natal Uruguay donde vistió 5 camiseta diferentes, sin olvidar su participación más reciente en la Liga Argentina con el club Gimnasia y Esgrima.

Con su Selección Barrera logró la medalla de bronce en los Juegos Panamericanos de Rio 2007 y la presea de plata en el Sudamericano 2008 en Puerto Montt Chile.

En su última aparición con el equipo argentino de Gimnasia, Barrera disputó 1351 minutos consiguiendo un total de 340 puntos en 47 partidos disputados.

Con la contratación del “Panchi” Astros suma ya 8 jugadores a su roster en espera de la llegada de 4 más que estarían completando la plantilla para la temporada 2019-2020 de la Liga Nacional de Básquetbol Profesional (LNBP).


Nombre: Gustavo Javier Barrera Castro “Panchi”

Fecha de nacimiento: 6 de Abril de 1985

Lugar de Nacimiento: Mercedes, Uruguay

Nacionalidad: Uruguayo

Posición: Base

Estatura: 1.94 mts.

Peso: 93kg.

Equipo Procedente: Club Gimnasia y Esgrima (Argentina).

Otros equipos: Ciudad de Huelva, Leche Rio, CB Melilla, Club de Baloncesto Granada, Unicaja de Málaga todos en Liga Española Basquetbol.

Atlético Welcome, Asociación Hebraica y Macabi, Club Atlético Atenas, Unión Atlético, Atlético Aguada de la Liga Uruguaya de Basquetbol.

Selección Nacional:

Medalla de bronce en los Juegos Panamericanos 2007 en Río de Janeiro.

Medalla de Plata en el Sudamericano 2008 en Puerto Montt Chile.

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LA Galaxy adquiere al delantero argentino Cristian Pavón

Aug 9, 2019


El atacante argentino de 23 años de edad y veterano de la Copa Mundial se une al LA Galaxy a préstamo del Boca Juniors de Argentina

LOS ANGELES (Jueves, 8 de Agosto, 2019) – LA Galaxy anunció hoy que el club ha adquirido al mediocampista de 23 años de edad Cristian Pavón a préstamo procedente del Club Atlético Boca Juniors. Pavón, quien jugó en todos los partidos para la Selección de Argentina durante la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018, se une al club después de jugar en la primera división de Argentina desde el 2012. Pavón fue adquirido por medio del uso de Fondos de Adquisición Específicos (TAM) y será agregado a la nómina después de recibir suVisa P-1 y su Certificado de Transferencia Internacional (ITC).

“Cristian es un jugador joven y dinámico que tiene el talento y la capacidad de ser uno de los jugadores ofensivos más efectivos en Major League Soccer”, dijo el Gerente General del LA Galaxy, Dennis te Kloese. “Es un jugador de alto calibre que será una pieza valiosa para nuestra plantilla. Al proporcionarle un entorno estable y un entrenador que conoce bien, estamos seguros de que puede seguir creciendo y mejorando como jugador dentro de nuestro club. Estamos muy emocionados de agregarlo a nuestro equipo y esperamos sus contribuciones con el LA Galaxy”.

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