In anticipation of this weekend’s predicted record-breaking high temperatures, Douglas County Emergency Management recommended steps residents can take to protect themselves from the effects of extreme heat.
The heat wave is expected to last through at least Tuesday.
Excessive heat warnings are in effect through 8 p.m. Tuesday. Residents and visitors can expect temperatures to reach forecasted levels above 100 degrees through July 2, with potential to tie or break all-time record highs throughout the state.
Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States.
Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition.
Pets are also at-risk for heat-related illness, if left unattended.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to:
■ Remain inside during the hottest hours of the day, if possible.
■ Dress in loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing.
■ Avoid strenuous work during the hottest part of the day.
■ Stay hydrated; do not wait until thirsty.
■ Avoid leaving pets in vehicles or in unprotected outdoor spaces. Provide plenty of water.
■ Curtail outdoor activities for vulnerable populations.
■ Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice per day.
■ Know what to do in a heat emergency to recognize signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
■ Check your local television broadcasts or radio stations for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
For more information on safety during this type of heat event, please access information from the following sources:
Plan Ahead Nevada (p. 16): http://dps.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dpsnvgov/content/Citizen/evacuationguide_PAN.pdf
American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter: http://www.redcross.org/nv/las-vegas
American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter: http://www.redcross.org/nv/reno
CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.asp
National Weather Service Reno: www.wrh.noaa.gov/rev/
National Weather Service Elko: www.wrh.noaa.gov/lkn/
National Weather Service Las Vegas: www.wrh.noaa.gov/vef/