With triple digits expected today, Clark County Fire Department and Emergency Management officials are reminding residents that heat can pose serious health risks to anyone in our region especially children, the elderly and people with poor circulation and weight problems.
"With temperatures hitting 100 degrees for the first time this year, it's important to drink more water than usual and seek shaded or cool areas during the heat of the day to avoid dehydration," said Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell. "Also remember that swimming pools are very enticing to children. Adults need to always keep a watchful eye on children at all times around water."
The Las Vegas Office of the National Weather Service expects temperatures to reach 101 or 102 today. Most heat-related medical issues occur because people get overexposed to heat or over exercise for their age and physical condition. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps and dizziness. In addition, children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. Temperatures in a car can rise to 120 degrees when outdoor temperatures are in the 90s. Pets also should have access to lots of shade and water when outdoors. Other reminders include: Drink water even if you don't feel thirsty. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages, which contribute to dehydration. Always carry plenty of water with you and a mobile phone. You never know what might happen during the day that could keep you outdoors longer than anticipated. More tips:
- Dress for hot weather. Clothing that is loose, lightweight and light-colored reflects heat and sunlight.
- Use sunscreen with a high SPF to protect against sunburn and skin cancer.
- Look in on friends and family, especially the elderly who may need help adjusting to the heat.
- Limit errands and outdoor activities to before noon or in the evening to avoid being out during the hottest part of the day.
- Always assign a designated water watcher when children are near a pool or any body of water; install barriers between your home and pool; and enroll children in swimming lessons. More drowning prevention tips are available on the on the Clark County Fire Department's website pages at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and the Southern Nevada Health District's website at https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/Health-Topics/drowning-prevention/.
- Close and lock all doors, windows and gates leading to pools when not in use.
- Keep a phone near the pool to ensure children are not left unattended if the phone rings.
- Never swim when thunder or lightening are present.
- Never dive into unfamiliar or shallow bodies of water.