Excessive Heat Warning Issued Through Friday
While summer officially begins on Tuesday, The NOW Report‘s Accuweather forecast shows temperatures have been above 100 degrees for the past 4 days and there are no indications that that will change anytime soon. Temperatures are expected to be 110 degrees or higher at least through Friday. With that in mind, now is a good time to review heat-related illness prevention and safety tips.
- Stay inside during the hottest parts of the day; run your errands in the early morning or later evening.
- If you are outside, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. Protect your feet by using sunscreen and wearing water shoes or flip flops.
- Cool your car as much as possible. Crack the windows for ventilation. Cover your steering wheel and car seats so they are cooler to touch. Protect your hands when touching door handles or opening/closing the trunks.
- Some medications may cause you to be more susceptible to the heat. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself.
- The very young and the elderly are more susceptible to heat; keep a close watch on younger children and create a communication plan with older relatives and friends so they know how to reach you in case of emergency.
- Protect your skin. Wear hats or use umbrellas to fend off the harsh sun rays. Replenish sunscreen to avoid sunburns. Be sure to apply sunscreen to scalps, tips of ears, tops of feet and whatever your clothes or bathing suit doesn’t cover. Don’t forget the back of your neck, arms, and legs.
- Schedule hydration breaks throughout the day. When playing outdoors, it’s important to take water breaks every 20 to 30 minutes. Because our perspiration evaporates so quickly in Southern Nevada, we may not be aware of our water loss, so set the alarm on your phone to remind you to take a drink. Always bring extra water when running errands.
- Think before you drink. Water is the best source to rehydrate your body and, if you are actively exercising, sports beverages can help replace the salt and minerals lost during exercise. Alcohol and soda can dehydrate the body, so sip those in moderation during the summer months. Take advantage of water-based foods such as watermelon, cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes to keep hydrated.
- Beat the heat and stay cooler by seeking shade, wearing a hat or carrying an umbrella, placing a cold towel around your neck and behind your knees, running your wrists under cold water, sitting in front of a fan, jumping in a swimming pool or taking a cool bath or shower.
It is also important to know the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Signs of heat exhaustion include muscle cramping; heavy perspiration; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast but weak pulse; and nausea or vomiting. If someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, immediately take steps to cool the body down and if there is no improvement seek medical attention immediately.
Signs of heat stroke include body temperature over 103 degrees; hot, red, dry or moist skin; a rapid strong pulse, and possible loss of consciousness. Immediate medical attention is required. Call 911 and take steps to cool the body but do not give the person fluids.