No doubt you’ve heard – or more likely, noticed – the weather has taken a much warmer turn. The National Weather Service Las Vegas has forecast record high temperatures for the week, which means we all need to take necessary precautions against heat-related illness.
Symptoms of heat-related illness can come on very quickly and if not treated immediately, can lead to tragic results. Some of the signs you may be experiencing heat-related illness include:
- Dry, swollen tongue
- Fatigue, weakness and restlessness
- Heavy perspiration (although skin may feel deceptively cool)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Poor coordination
- Raised body temperature
- Slurred speech
- Weak, rapid pulse
If you experience any of these symptoms, take action immediately. Some of the mitigation measures you should take include:
- Call 911 immediately
- Cool compress, especially at forehead, base of neck and other pulse points
- Cool shower or bath
- Drink water
- Lie down in shade or air conditioning
Remember that our pets are also susceptible to heat-related illness and should not be left outside for extended periods of time during the summer. Do not leave pets in vehicles and remember to take them with you when you exit the vehicle. Sadly, Boulder City has already tallied one heat-related pet fatality this summer. Signs of heat-related illness in pets include:
- Glassy eyes or fearful expression
- Heavy panting or excessive drooling
- High body temperature
- Legs collapsing or staggering
- Red or purple gums or tongue
If you think your pet is in distress, it is imperative that you get them to a veterinarian immediately. Don’t wait.
Heat-related illnesses are very dangerous and we all need to be aware of signs and symptoms. During this current heat wave, please check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly or otherwise shut-in. They may need help managing in this weather. The Senior Center, located at 813 Arizona Street offers an air-conditioned space for older residents Monday thru Friday, from 8:00AM to 3:00PM. There are also cooling stations in Henderson and other parts of Clark County. To find out more about those, click HERE. The graphic below shows the various cooling stations open thru Friday, June 18.
Stay safe and cool and watch out for each other!