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Keeping yourself, vehicle running during Vegas' summer heat

Posted at 7:57 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 23:02:40-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — With temperatures once again on the rise in Southern Nevada, it's time to take a look at taking care of yourself and your vehicle.

Temperatures are expected to reach above 110 degrees this weekend.

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Going to the park may not be the best idea since it's going to be very hot, but if you need to be outside of your home, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are two things to keep in mind.

"Dehydration is the thing we worry about; your blood gets thicker, you don't go to the bathroom. You can hurt your organs and kidneys. We always tell patients to drink water, lots of water," said Dr. Jeffrey Ng.

Dizziness, excessive sweating, clammy skin, weak pulse, and muscle cramps are a few of the signs of heat exhaustion.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to look for shade and drink cold water. However, it is a different situation if you're experiencing heatstroke.

"You may not even know you're having heatstroke until you start having a headache. You think 'I'm not sweaty,' but no, you could be already past that point," Dr. Ng said.

Red, dry skin and headaches are usually good indicators to seek medical attention, according to the doctor.

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Also, remember that the heat affects your pets as well.

The ground could be scorching for them, and they'll need lots of water.

Additionally, your car may need some attention, especially the tires and battery.

"There are more of us who are driving less than we used to. So, it is important to do things when it starts getting very hot. We say make the safe bet - check on your tires, your engine, and battery," said Sergio Avila, AAA Nevada spokesperson.

Tires can have low air pressure, and your battery may lose some of its charge, thanks to the summer heat.

AAA Nevada says that those are two of the main issues they get from members when calling for assistance.

If you're not sure your car is ready for the heat, take it to a mechanic for a regular check-up or contact your insurance company for a reference.