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NEWS DATE: JUNE 18, 2015

Stay Cool in the Heat of Summer

Overheating during hot summer months can be dangerous. The North Las Vegas Fire Department wants you to be aware that some populations are more at risk than others - older adults, babies, toddlers, and people with chronic diseases. Try to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, and keep blinds closed till late afternoon. Fans help to cool and reduce AC usage. If you go outdoors during the day, wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB radiation. Stay in the shade and wear light weight cover-ups. Apply sunscreen before you go outside and throughout the day. Use water proof sunscreen by the water and reapply every 2 hours. Some sunscreens lose proficiency when used with bug spray. Also, the potency diminishes over time, so discard sunscreen that is more than 2 years old.
Stay hydrated - Drink plenty of fluids! The best thirst quenchers are water, flavored/vitamin, sports drinks that contain electrolytes, juices (sugar) and melons, which are 90% water. To avoid the risk of added dehydration, don’t drink alcohol, sodas, or coffee drinks.
Do you know the difference between heat exposure and heat exhaustion? Signs of heat exposure are a high body temperature (103¿+), hot dry skin to the touch, stopped sweating, confusion, weak pulse and fainting. Signs of heat exhaustion are headache, dry mouth, clammy skin, sweating, and loss of color in skin. If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately go indoors to an air conditioned space, drink water and lie down. Call 9-1-1 for more severe reactions to over exposure in the sun.
For more information, please contact North Las Vegas Fire Department Captain Cedric Williams at (702) 292-9127.