Clark County Fire Department offers safety tips for next heat wave

With an Excessive Heat Watch issued from Thursday of this week through Sunday, the Clark County Fire Department reminds residents that heat can pose serious health risks to anyone in our area, especially children, the elderly and people with poor circulation and weight problems.

“When the desert heat sets in at this time of 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 John Steinbeck. “Never leave children or pets alone in hot cars and remember that swimming pools are very attractive for young children. Adults should always keep their eyes on children whenever they are near water.

Most heat-related medical problems arise because people are overexposed 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 soar up to 120 degrees when outside temperatures are in the 90s. Pets should also have access to plenty of shade and water when outdoors. Additional thermal safety information can be found on the Fire Department’s website at https://tinyurl.com/2wa3xmp7. Reminders include:

  • Drink water even if you are not thirsty.
  • Limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages, which contribute to dehydration.
  • Always have plenty of water with you and a cell phone. You never know what might happen during the day that might keep you 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. More information is available on the county’s website at https://tinyurl.com/msezxjpk.
  • Dress for warm weather. Loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight.
  • Use a sunscreen with a high SPF to protect against sunburn and skin cancer.
  • Watch your friends and family, especially older people who may need help adjusting to the heat.
  • Limit errands and outdoor activities before noon or in the evening to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day.
  • Always appoint a designated supervisor when children are near a swimming pool or any body of water; install barriers between your house and your swimming pool; and enrolling children in swimming lessons. Additional drowning prevention information is available on 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 famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11e-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the natione– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

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