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Emergency Calls Increase During Summer

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The summer months are a busy time for first responders. REMSA says their call volumes are more than six percent higher than the rest of the year. With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, they also see more heat-related calls. Melissa Krall is REMSA's Director of Community Outreach. She says it's important to limit physical activity to the cooler times of the day.

"If you do have activities, you do need to be out and about, you have yard work, you're going to be doing physical activities, try to do it in the early morning hours when the sun isn't so hot," Krall said.

The most susceptible are children and seniors because their bodies tend to adjust to the heat differently than the average adult. Still, the best way to beat the heat is to stay hydrated.

"People need to remember to drink, not only when they're thirsty, they need to be drinking before that because if they're only drinking when they're thirsty, there's a good chance they're already starting to be dehydrated."

People can be prone to dehydration, even if they're staying cool by swimming. Some don't realize that they're sweating, even in the water.  The river can also cause unexpected accidents.

"The rapids are fast," Krall said. "You can get caught up or you can get swept under and not expect it. So, exercise extra caution around the water. We recommend everybody be trained in CPR."

The Reno Police Department also responds to more calls during the summer and say they tend to see an uptick in crimes during the warmer months.

"The temperatures stay warmer longer, people are out a lot longer, which means the more people that are out, the more opportunity there is for the not-so-good people to commit more crimes," Tim Broadway, RPD Public Information Officer said.

The warmer weather also means more pedestrians and people riding bikes and motorcycles, which can lead to more accidents.

"We're asking everybody to share the road with bicyclists and motorcyclists," Broadway said. "Be careful because there's more of them out there."
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