Extreme heat warning issued, cooling stations open
The Las Vegas Valley will experience dangerous heat levels the next few days. It is important to take precautions. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas are under an extreme heat warning the next few days and residents should definitely take precautions.
During periods of extreme heat, people should be on the watch for the 3 Hs -- heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps.
Health experts say that small children, the elderly and athletes are at a higher risk of suffering from the dangerous heat-related illnesses.
Schools are about to start in the Valley and many athletes have already hit the field, practicing for the upcoming fall sport season.
Some symptoms of heat-related illness include nausea, dizziness and heavy sweating.
If someone begins to experience these symptoms, it is important to get them to a cool, shady area as soon as possible and provide cool, nonalcoholic beverages.
If a victim has trouble breathing, loses consciousness or vomits, a call should be placed to 911 immediately.
Tips from the Centers for Disease Control for dealing with extreme heat include:
-- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing.
-- Stay indoors as much as possible. Try to limit outdoor activity to morning and evening, and rest often in shady areas.
-- Drink often to stay hydrated, and avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or sugar.
-- Take cool showers or baths.
-- Never leave children or pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
-- Protect yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen – SPF 15 or higher. Put on sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply it as directed.
-- Use the stove and oven less to keep your home cooler, and try not to eat hot or heavy meals; they add heat to your body.
It is also a good idea to check on any elderly relatives, friends or neighbors that might be affected by the heat at least twice daily.
An extreme heat warning has been issued for the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas from noon today until 8 p.m. on Friday. Today's high in Las Vegas is expected to be 111 degrees.
In addition to the regular cooling stations that are open throughout the summer in Las Vegas, there will be additional stations open today through Friday.
A list of the cooling stations can be found by clicking here or residents can call 2-1-1 at any time for more information.