As summer draws near, temperatures in Las Vegas can spike into the triple-digits, which may prove dangerous for young and old alike. Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center urges the Las Vegas community to be mindful of extreme heat this summer. By adhering to the following warm weather guidelines, you can make sure you and your loved ones enjoy a healthy summer.
Avoid Physical Activity During Midday Hours
Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle, but when you live in Las Vegas, it’s important to strategize when and how you work out. Once summer arrives, be careful not to overexert yourself during the midday hours when the sun is the most powerful. If possible, schedule outdoor activity either during the morning hours or once the sun has gone down.
Drink Plenty of Fluids Throughout the Day
High temperatures, when combined with an arid climate, can quickly drain your body of necessary fluids. If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. To avoid the effects of dehydration, drink plenty of water throughout the day and limit beverages that may sap your system of hydration, such as alcohol and coffee. You can also snack on strawberries, cantaloupe, and watermelon, which all have high water content.
Monitor Individuals Who May Be Vulnerable to Heat
Some people can fall victim to the effects of extreme heat more easily than others. In particular, young children, pregnant women, and senior citizens must take special precautions to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. If you have loved ones with special medical needs, take the time to check in on them on a regular basis. When traveling with children, take care never to leave them in your car if you decide to quickly run into the bank or grocery store. Just a few minutes spent in a heated vehicle can lead to heat illness.
Don’t underestimate the effects of high temperatures. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering from heat-related complications, call Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 233-5300. Patients who require emergency care for heat stroke can also use our iTriage Symptom Checker as they travel to our facility.