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Trips to emergency rooms increase during summer months

Posted at 8:11 AM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 11:11:08-04

After 20 years in Vegas, Enrique Gomez knows how to handle the brutal summer heat.

"If you stay in the shade, lots of water, go in the pool, you'll be okay."

As a parent with active kids, Gomez says he's learned what to look out for when it comes to his kids and the heat. Bloody noses, sweat and Enrique says when his kids have had too much heat exposure, their energy levels drop.

"We've got those little fans, those gel packs that go over your neck, short, short sleeves, because you want to stay as cool as you can."

But the heat can be dangerous. Scott Scherr, who's an emergency medicine physician at ER on the Lakes, says emergency rooms tend to see a spike in visits during the summer -mostly heat related from sun burn to the more serious heat strokes. He suggests making sure you know where the closest emergency room is.

"We don't know when things are going to happen. We don't know when we're going to get sick. We don't know when we're going to need to have emergency care so just know where your nearest emergency department is."

Gomez says there is such a thing as too hot.

"Anything over a 110 degrees is just a no go for me. I'd rather not risk it, regardless of what it is, stay indoors, stay cool. Everything else can wait."