Tips To Beat The Heat

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Temperatures are on the rise around Northern Nevada this week, with forecasts in the area hovering around the mid- to high-90s through the beginning of next week.

The National Weather Service advises that health impacts are possible for those sensitive to heat or without effective cooling.

Extra precautions should be taken if working or spending time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. If traveling, make sure to take a supply a water with you in case of a vehicle breakdown.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911.

The American Red Cross offers these points of advice:

— Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

— Eat small meals and eat more often.

— Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

— Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

— Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.

— Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

— Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

— Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

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