Extreme heat days—days with temperatures exceeding 106° F—are projected to increase in Clark County. Currently, we experience about four extreme heat days per year. By 2064, that number could increase to 23 – 30 extreme heat days.
With StayCoolClarkCounty.com, we and our partners throughout the region are striving to make it easier for everyone to escape extreme heat.
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Heat And Your Health
Hot Days Can Impact Your Health!
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), extreme heat kills more than 600 people in the United States every year, and during the years 2009-2018, heat killed nearly 600 people right here in Southern Nevada. Exposure to extreme heat can cause illness in anyone, but is particularly dangerous for infants and children, senior citizens, outdoor workers, people with chronic diseases, and unhoused individuals. For more information on heat and health, visit this page from the Southern Nevada Health District: Extreme Heat is a Potential Health Concern.
Follow These Hot Weather Tips from the CDC
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Stay Cool Indoors
Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully
Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to recover.
Cut down on exercise during the heat. If you’re not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.
Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.
Do NOT Leave Children in Cars
Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying. When traveling with children, remember to do the following:
Avoid Hot and Heavy Meals
They add heat to your body!
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Replace Salt and Minerals
Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
Keep your Pets Hydrated
Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.
Check for Updates
Check your local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips and to learn about any cooling shelters in your area.
Know the Signs
Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses here and here, and how to treat them.
Use a Buddy System
When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you twice a day during a heat wave. If you know someone in this age group, check on them at least twice a day.
Monitor Those at High Risk
Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others:
Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
Follow These Hot Weather Tips from the CDCGet Healthy Clark County: Where we live, work, learn, worship and play has an impact on our health. Important health and economic benefits can be shared by all when the community has safe neighborhoods with easy access to healthy food and beverage options, opportunities for physical activity, clean air environments and high-quality preventive health care.