Heat-related deaths in Las Vegas higher in July than any other month
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Health professionals with the Southern Nevada Health District say heat-related deaths are on the rise.
The district reports in 2017 there were 123 heat-related deaths. In 2016, that number was 78.
The Clark County Coroner has already registered 18 heat-related deaths this year. And July, the month considered the deadliest, has just started.
"We want people to be aware that they need to plan ahead and limit their time outside if possible," said Kathryn Barker, an epidemiologist with the Southern Nevada Health District.
Barker tells us heat-related deaths usually happen between May and September. She stresses its necessary for everyone to take precautions.
"We are concerned. We are concerned more people are dying of heat illness and death. We want to get the word out that this is preventable."
The Southern Nevada Health District advises you to drink a lot of water and find a shaded area if you're outside.
Freddie Archibque has no choice but to work in the heat, but he already knows how to deal with it.
"Drink a lot of water. Pace it," says Archibque.
Barker adds that feeling faint, dizzy or a headache maybe signs of a heat-related illness. She says people have to be aware of the heat symptoms, especially with July upon us.
"Its when we have our hottest temperatures and it doesn’t cool down at night. I think it is in the middle of the summer where this is the most dangerous."