May 26 is Heat Awareness Day, which serves as a reminder for citizens to stay safe as temperatures reach their peak during the summer months.
The Clark County Fire Department offers the following tips to stay safe as the temperatures climb:
- Avoid being outdoors in the hottest part of the day.
- If you must go out, try going out in the early morning or later evening hours when the sun is not as strong.
- Slow down activities that make you hot.
- Work and exercise in brief periods. Take frequent breaks.
- Dress in light, loose clothing. Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Drink plenty of cool fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
The heat can be deadly - over 9,000 Americans have died from heat-related causes since 1979. The elderly, children, and people with certain medical conditions are especially vulnerable, though Clark County Firefighters advise that healthy adults should take precautions when participating in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.
If you see anyone suffering from heat-related symptoms such as severe muscle contractions, elevated body temperature, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, weak pulse, irritable behavior, or a headache, call 911.