As temperatures rise, it’s important to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses which can occur to anyone including young and healthy people. Elderly people, babies and young children, and those with chronic diseases are at a higher risk.
Here are some tips for preventing heat-related illness:
- Stay indoors, in an air-conditioned location, as much as possible
- Drink more water and limit intake of drinks with caffeine, alcohol, or a lot of sugar
- Never leave a person or pet in a parked vehicle
- Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothes, and avoid dressing babies in heaving clothing or wrapping them in blankets
- Fans will not prevent heat-related illness when temperatures are in the high 90s – cool off in the shower or move to an air conditions place such as a public library or shopping mall
Clark County Public Health has more information regarding how to stay cool if you do not have air conditioning, or what to do if you need to be outside. Additionally, there is a list of cooling centers in the county for anyone who needs it: