Stay Ahead of Desert Temps with Las Vegas Heat Safety Resources

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Las Vegas heat in summer can bring triple digit temperatures and put a crimp on your vacation fun. With extreme temperatures comes a renewed focus on Las Vegas heat safety, so we’ve compiled a list of local resources to help you make the most of the hot summer days. From knowing the warning signs of heat illness to making the most of Las Vegas’ indoor attractions, these tips can help keep your family healthy and happy this season.

Know the symptoms of heat illness: A weak pulse, nausea and headache are some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion, according to the Clark County Fire Department.

The Clark County Fire Department knows that Las Vegas heat safety means more than just knowing how to stay cool – it also means knowing what to look for in someone suffering from a heat-related illness. The site offers tips on alleviating heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Know who is most vulnerable:
 The Southern Nevada Health District says people with heart disease or high blood pressure may be more sensitive to extreme heat.

If you’re overweight, elderly, or take certain medications, the heat in summer may affect you more strongly. The Southern Nevada Health District recommends that individuals with such health concerns consult their doctor and exercise caution when high temperatures strike.

Beware of overworked appliances: Refrigerators and freezers kept in rooms without air conditioning must work extra hard to maintain their internal temperature, and city officials say this can cause the compressor to overheat and even start a fire.

A young boy drinking water to stay hydrated.  Photo by: Ken Bosma via Flickr

A young boy drinking water to stay hydrated. Photo by: Ken Bosma, via Flickr CC BY 2.0

The City of Las Vegas reminds us that extra food storage in the garage can lead to a fire hazards during triple-digit heat. They also offer information on how high temps affect chemicals, items left in vehicles and extension cords. Their handy checklist can help you identify problem areas before they become a cause for concern.

Take excessive heat warnings seriously: Plan for the unexpected—Clark County officials recommend that you carry water and a mobile phone with you during extreme heat.

Extreme temperatures can bring unexpected risks, so Clark County officials say you should stay hydrated by drinking water even when you’re not thirsty, and keeping fluids and a cell phone on hand at all times. Other useful tips, such as avoiding alcoholic beverages and practicing outdoor safety can also be found on this handy list.

The heat index impacts outdoor work: The heat index – not just the absolute temperature – can affect how much work you may be able to do on hot days, according to the Desert Research Institute.

The Desert Research Institute can help you understand the heat index, and what you can do to minimize its effects. Some of the information they offer includes how to dress, hydrate and adjust personal habits and work routines to remain safe during a day of outdoor activity.

Make sure pets stay cool and hydrated.

Make sure pets stay cool and hydrated. Photo By: Fancibaer, via Wikimedia CommonsCC BY 2.0

Pooch can suffer heat exhaustion, too: The Las Vegas Boxer Club & Rescue Society notes that heavy panting and bright, red gums can be warning signs for heat exhaustion our four-legged friends.

Our furry family members need to be monitored for heat-related illness, too. The Las Vegas Boxer Club & Rescue Society recommends keeping them indoors during the hottest hours, giving them plenty of fluids and offering them access to cool water baths or pools can all help reduce the risk. And the Las Vegas Bulldog Club notes that a pet’s likelihood of developing heat illness can be increased by advanced age, long or especially thick fur, and shorter snouts.

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