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Authorities Offer Safety Tips for Weekend Heat Wave

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From Lyon County:

The Lyon County Office of Emergency Management has been advised by the National Weather Service in Reno to expect high temperatures starting Friday, June 28, 2013. Temperatures are expected to be 100 degrees and higher throughout the weekend.

Lyon County urges residents to prepare for the weekend by:

• To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
• Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
• Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
• Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
• Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
• Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
• Keep storm windows up all year.
• Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
• Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
• Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas.
• Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.

During the high temperatures residents should

• Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
• Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
• Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
• Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
• Postpone outdoor games and activities.
• Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
• Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
• Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
• Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
• Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays.
• Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
• Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
• Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
• Avoid extreme temperature changes.
• Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat.

For additional information on extreme heat please go to www.ready.gov/heat or http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/heat_wave.shtml

From Lyon County 

From the City of Reno

With the high temperatures expected this weekend the Reno Fire Department wants to remind residents to follow a few heat safety precautions:

• During the hottest hours of the day, stay inside. If possible stay inside an air-conditioned building. The hottest hours of the day are typically from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
• Dress lightly, and when sleeping, use lightweight, breathable covers.
• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and other fluids. When temperatures climb above 90 degrees it's important to drink at least a gallon of liquid per day, preferably water.
• Avoid drinking alcohol and beverages that are carbonated or contain caffeine when temperatures are high, as they can lead to dehydration.
• Keep blinds and curtains closed from morning until the late afternoon to block extra direct heat from sunlight.
• Move your exercise routine to early morning or later in the evening.
• Never EVER leave a person or a pet in the car in hot conditions while you run to do a quick errand. People and animals can succumb to heat exposure and death very quickly in a hot car. Cars can become overheated quickly and when overheated become like ovens. It's never safe.
• Properly supervise children during outdoor play, being sure to monitor them closely and frequently. Seek medical care right away if you become nauseous, start vomiting or experience cramps.
• Use a fan. Don't place the fan directly in front of a window because it may push hot air in. Try placing the fan so that it blows in the room and out the window instead.
• Use small appliances like slow cookers and tabletop grills rather than your traditional oven or stove to keep kitchen heat to a minimum or barbeque outdoors.

For more information on summertime safety tips contact the Reno Fire Department's Division of Fire Prevention at 334-2300.

From the City of Reno

From the City of Sparks

The City of Sparks urges everyone to enjoy the outdoors safely.  Exposure to extreme heat can cause a myriad of health problems.  Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are among the most serious.  A person's ability to regulate high temperatures is impacted by health, age, and appropriate shelter.
 
We're fortunate to have great weather in northern Nevada, but everyone must take precautions when we receive record setting heat.
 
Use these guidelines to protect yourself, family, and loved ones:
 
• Stay indoors if your home is air conditioned or cooled.  If not, consider spending t he warmest part of the day in public buildings that are cooled.
• Drink plenty of fluids, regardless of activity level
• Dress appropriately for outdoor activities
• Avoid outdoor activities during the warmest part of the day
• Look out for the signs of heat related medical emergencies
• Never leave children or pets in parked vehicles
• Ensure that your animals' needs for water and shade are met
 
The symptoms of both heat exhaustion and stroke develop quickly, so taking appropriate precautions is critical.
 
Heat exhaustiontypically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating.  This results in a mild form of shock.  If this goes untreated, the person's condition will worsen, the body temperature will continue to rise, and heat stroke may occur.  Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, ashen or flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
 
Treatment– move the person to a cooler environment with circulating air.  Remove or loosen as much clothing as possible and apply cool, wet towels to the skin.  If the person is conscious, give small amounts of a cool fluid such as a commercial sports drink or fruit juice to restore fluids and electrolytes.  If a person's condition does not improve or if he or she refuses water, has a change in consciousness, or vomits, call 9-1-1 immediately.
 
Heat Stroke – is a life-threatening condition that usually occurs by ignoring the signals of heat exhaustion.  Heat stroke develops when the body systems are overwhelmed by heat and begin to stop functioning.  Signs of heat stroke include extremely high body temperature, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; confusion; vomiting; and seizures.  Heat stroke is life-threatening.  Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
 
Treatment – preferred method: Rapidly cool the body by immersing the person up to the neck in cold water, if possible or douse or spray the person with cold water.  Sponge the person with ice water-doused towels over the entire body, frequently rotating the cold, wet towels.  If you are not able to measure and monitor the person's temperature, apply rapid cooling methods for 20 minutes or until the person's condition improves.

From the City of Sparks

From the Nevada Department of Public Safety:

The National Weather Service reports a high confidence level in a prolonged and potentially historic heat wave occurring from Friday, June 28th through at least Tuesday, July 2nd throughout Nevada. Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect from 11:00 a.m. Friday through 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Residents and visitors can expect temperatures to reach forecasted levels ranging from 100 to117 degrees through July 2nd, with potential to tie or break all-time record highs throughout the state.

Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States. Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition. Pets are also at risk for heat-related illness, if left unattended. Residents and visitors are encouraged to:
„X Remain inside during the hottest hours of the day, if possible.
„X Dress in loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing.
„X Avoid strenuous work during the hottest part of the day.
„X Stay hydrated; do not wait until thirsty.
„X Avoid leaving pets in vehicles or in unprotected outdoor spaces. Provide plenty of water.
„X Curtail outdoor activities for vulnerable populations.
„X Check on at risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice per day.
„X Know what to do in a heat emergency to recognize signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
„X Check your local television broadcasts or radio stations for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.

For more information on safety during this type of heat event, please access information from the following sources:
„X Plan Ahead Nevada (p. 16): http://dps.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dpsnvgov/content/Citizen/evacuationguide_PAN.pdf
„X American Red Cross – Southern Nevada Chapter: http://www.redcross.org/nv/las-vegas
„X American Red Cross – Northern Nevada Chapter: http://www.redcross.org/nv/reno
„X CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.asp
„X National Weather Service - Reno: www.wrh.noaa.gov/rev/
„X National Weather Service - Elko: www.wrh.noaa.gov/lkn/
„X National Weather Service - Las Vegas: www.wrh.noaa.gov/vef/

From the Nevada Department of Public Safety

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