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Heat Safety Key For Seniors, Kids

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A thermometer in the sun on the sidewalk indicates a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

A thermometer in the sun on the sidewalk indicates a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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(Las Vegas, NV) Protecting you and your family from heat-related illness will be a top priority for the foreseeable future.

The forecast calls for temperatures to reach 118 degrees in Las Vegas and the potential for heat exhaustion is very possible.

Mike Bernstein is with the Southern Nevada Health District and explains what to look for regarding heat exhaustion.

“You actually start to sweat extremely bad. You get real tired and feel nauseous and get a headache. That’s the beginning of heat exhaustion,” says Bernstein.

SNHD has tips for staying safe during the heat wave. http://bit.ly/dmI3td

“They (senior citizens) don’t compensate as efficiently under heat stress. Sometimes they don’t realize what’s going on. At times you hear stories that the elderly don’t run their air conditioners due to trying to save money. They are putting themselves at extreme risk,” says Bernstein.

People at greatest risk of experiencing heat-related illness:

Older people 65 years old or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.

Infants and children up to 4 years old are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.

People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.

People, who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, may be affected by extreme heat.

People, who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.

People who overexert themselves may become dehydrated and susceptible to heat sickness. Take caution if you work outdoors, exercise outside or use drugs or alcohol.

The forecast for the Las Vegas valley can be seen here

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