With an excessive heat watch issued Thursday of this week through Sunday, the Clark County Fire Department is 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.
“When the desert heat hits this time of year, it’s important to drink more water than normal and seek cool or shaded areas during the heat of the day to avoid dehydration,” said Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck. . “Never leave children or pets alone in hot cars and remember that swimming pools are very tempting for young children. Adults should always watch children whenever they are around water.”
Most heat-related medical problems occur because people overexpose themselves to heat or exercise too much for their age and physical condition. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include profuse sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, and dizziness. Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles; temperatures in a car can rise to 120 degrees when outside temperatures are in the 90s. Pets should also have access to plenty of shade and water when outdoors. Additional information on heat safety is available on the Fire Department website at https://tinyurl.com/2wa3xmp7. Reminders include:
- Drink water even if you are not thirsty.
- Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages, which contribute to dehydration.
- Always carry plenty of water and a mobile phone with you. You never know what might happen during the day that could keep you outside longer than anticipated.
- Remember to “look before you lock” so you don’t make the mistake of leaving children or pets unattended in a hot car. More information is available on the county website at https://tinyurl.com/msezxjpk.
- Dress for warm weather. Loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight.
- Wear sunscreen with a high SPF to protect against sunburn and skin cancer.
- Look to friends and family, especially the elderly who may need help adjusting to the heat.
- Limit errands and outdoor activities before noon or at night to avoid going 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 house and the pool; and enroll children in swimming lessons. Additional information on drowning prevention is available on the Southern Nevada Health District website at https://tinyurl.com/2p85xryk.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing high quality service with integrity, respect and responsibility. With jurisdiction over the world famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is 11th in the nationthe-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors annually (2019). The 7 of the nation are includedthe-the busiest airport, air quality enforcement, social services, and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services traditionally provided by cities to the 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, highways and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.