With temperatures already soaring over 100 degrees, it is a good time to talk about heat safety. It's a dangerous time in the Imperial Valley and it's important not to take the heat for granted — even if you have lived in it for years.
Heat exhaustion and worse, heat stroke, can overtake you before you know it. Heat illness can happen quickly when temperatures crack 100 degrees, and last week we saw temperatures as high as 115 degrees here.
But life must go on in the Imperial Valley, heat or no heat. We have people in here who must work outdoors just as they would if they lived in more temperate locations. There are construction workers, maintenance workers, police and firefighters and many others who have little choice but to spend time in the heat.
Then there are kids, who are out of school for the summer and simply cannot stay indoors. Even during the hottest times of the day youths can be found on their bikes or skateboards making their way around town.