The Clark County Fire Department offers safety tips for the upcoming heat wave

With an excessive heat warning issued Thursday this week through Sunday, the Clark County Fire Department is reminding residents that heat can pose a serious health risk to everyone in our area, especially children, the elderly and those with poor health circulation and weight problems.

“As our desert heat hits this time of year, it’s important to drink more water than usual and seek shade or cool 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 must always keep an eye on children when they are near water.”

Most heat-related medical problems occur because people are overexposed to heat or overexerting 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 inside a car can soar to 120 degrees when outside temperatures are in the 90’s. Pets should have access to plenty of shade and water, even outdoors. For more information on heat safety, visit the fire department’s website at https://tinyurl.com/2wa3xmp7. Memories include:

  • Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages that contribute to dehydration.
  • Always carry plenty of water and a cell phone with you. You never know what might happen during the day that could result in you staying out longer than expected.
  • Remember to “look before you lock” so you don’t make the mistake of leaving children or pets unattended in a hot car. For more information, visit the county’s website at https://tinyurl.com/msezxjpk.
  • Dress for hot weather. Loose, light, and light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight.
  • Use sunscreen with a high SPF to protect against sunburn and skin cancer.
  • Check in with friends and family, especially the elderly who may need help adjusting to the heat.
  • Limit errands and outdoor activities to mornings or evenings to avoid being out during the hottest part of the day.
  • Always assign a designated water monitor when children are near a pool or body of water. Install barriers between your home and the pool. and register children for swimming lessons. For more information on drowning prevention, visit the Southern Nevada Health District website at https://tinyurl.com/2p85xryk.

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11thth-Largest county, providing comprehensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the nationth– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services traditionally provided by cities for 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. These include fire safety, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

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