RENO, NV - It will be warming up this week in northern Nevada with the chance of temperatures climbing into the triple digits. With dangerously hot temperatures comes the threat of heat-related illness. When trying to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke the best defense is prevention. Here are a few things recommended by the Washoe County Health District that you'll want to keep in mind if you plan on heading outside this week.
Make sure to stay hydrated and drink lots of fluids. You'll want to try and avoid drinks with alcohol or lots of sugar because these will actually cause you to lose body fluid. Also, try not to drink very cold beverages because they can cause stomach cramps.
If you have to be outside, take a break when you can and head to places that have air conditioning, whether it be your home, the mall or a movie theater. Limit any physical activity to the early morning or evening hours, and if you plan on exercising, drink two to four glasses of water each hour.
Wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing and if you have one, a wide brimmed hat to protect your head.
When it comes to sun screen, the most effective products say "Broad Spectrum" or "UVA/UVB protection" on the label.
If you see someone showing signs of heat exhaustion (heavy sweating, dizziness, fatigue, etc.) have someone call 911 while you get the person to a shaded area. Then make sure to fan the person and cool them off any way you can (putting them in a tub of cool water or shower, using a damp washcloth or sponge)
You'll also want to check on anyone that is at higher risk for heat-related illness, including infants or young children, the elderly, and people with heart disease or high blood pressure.