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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
700 AM EST FRI JAN 18 2019

...Friday January 18 is Temperature Extremes and Wildfire Awareness

Temperature extremes occur across east central Florida in the very
warm climate in the late spring and summer, as well as during the
winter months with the possibility of freezing temperatures. To
avoid life threatening heatstroke on hot days, make sure to drink
plenty of water and take frequent breaks. Also, never leave children
or pets alone inside a vehicle, even for short periods, as
temperatures can rise quickly in a car leading to injury or death
from heatstroke.  If venturing outside, put on sunblock and wear a
suitable head covering before engaging in outdoor activities. During
hazardous cold, make sure to dress warmly in layers and bring pets
inside overnight. Also, be extremely careful when using portable
heaters as deaths often occur from fires that are started in homes
due to faulty equipment or from improper usage.

The threat of wildfire spread is most pronounced from March through
May when the east central Florida dry season coincides with
increasing sun angle, dry fuels and warmer temperatures. Wildfires
continue to become a larger threat to life and property due to the
expansion of urban areas into wildland.  Persons should ensure a
cleared safety zone exists around the perimeter of their home and
other out buildings so that flames from a wildfire cannot easily
spread to structures.  Make sure to discard cigarettes, matches and
other combustible materials in a closed container.  Outdoor burning
must be conducted by trained personnel during proper weather
conditions and using adequate equipment.  Campfires should be
thoroughly extinguished until smoke is no longer visible.  Do not
hesitate to call 911 and leave it to trained responders if a
wildland fire is recognized.


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