Residents should take precautions during extreme heat
Everyone around the valley is preparing for extreme heat this weekendPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Extreme heat is expected this weekend and experts are advising that residents of the Las Vegas valley take extra precautions.
It is usually the very young and the very old who are in the most danger during times of elevated temperatures. They are the ones most susceptible to heat-related illnesses.
But, we all need to take extra precautions. Last year, 23 people in Clark County died because of heat.
Local hospitals have been preparing for an influx of patients this weekend because of heat-related illnesses.
Doctors recommend keeping your skin covered -- all of it -- in light-colored and lightweight clothing.
Also, don't forget about putting on sunscreen to help protect your skin from the brutal sun. Even under your clothing. And avoid direct sunlight if at all possible.
According to emergency medicine specialist Darrin Houston, as the temperature of the body rises, there could be permanent damage to the brain and other vital organs.
It is important that people be aware of the classic symptoms associated with heat-related illnesses -- nausea, vomiting, fatigue, light headedness, muscle cramping and confusion.
You also need to be careful about what you touch. It is possible to be burned by hot surfaces. Doctors in the valley are reporting that they have already had to treat people with burns after sitting on hot concrete or leaning against hot cars.
Thirteen cooling stations will be open around the valley and two will be open in Laughlin for anyone who needs a place to go to escape the heat.
They will be open Friday through Monday.