As much as it doesn’t seem like it with the occasional June snowstorm, Nevada is a desert. And with temperatures this weekend reaching three digits, it’s sure going to feel like it. So here are a few tips to keep cool (and safe) when the mercury rises this weekend.

  • Hydrate! Drink plenty of cold fluids, especially water. Avoid alcohol and carbonated, caffeinated drinks, as these types of beverages while tasty, will dehydrate you.
  • Spend as much time as you can in air condition. Visit the mall or the local library. If you do not have air conditioning, blast some fans and draw the blinds.
  • Wear lightweight, light colored clothing. Be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harsh UV rays.
  • Make sure to keep an eye on infants and young children, as well as the elderly. The heat can affect these vulnerable age groups the most.
  • Don’t forget your four-legged friends! Provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pets. Keep them indoors if possible or provide a cool, shaded place outdoors. If your pet seems to have trouble breathing or are panting excessively, seek medical care.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If you must venture out or exercise outdoors, do so in the early morning or after sundown.

Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke!

  • Heat Exhaustion: occurs when someone is working or exercising in extreme heat and are unable to replace the fluids lost when sweating. Symptoms include profuse sweating, dizziness and nausea, and cold, clammy skin. Move the individual to a cool place and have them sip water slowly. Place cold compresses on face and neck. If their condition does not improve within minutes, call 911 immediately.
  • Heat Stroke: is a life-threatening condition that occurs when a person loses the ability to regulate their internal temperature, which can result in brain damage or death.  Symptoms include red, hot, and dry skin, dizziness and disorientation, or unconsciousness. If you suspect heat stroke, call 911 immediately. Immerse victim in a cool bath if possible while medical help arrives.

We hope these tips keep you and your family safe and cool. Oh! And don’t forget, eat plenty of ice cream!