Intermountain Health Providers Advise on Being Safe in Excessive Heat Warning, Especially for the Elderly and Vulnerable Populations

LAS VEGAS – As the temperatures now are well into the 100s, and excessive heat warnings in effect, clinicians are warning people to know the signs of dehydration and other heat-related illnesses.

“Our community is experiencing exceptionally high temperatures, which can be particularly harmful to our vulnerable and elderly populations,” said Dr. Audrey Cruz, Intermountain Health internal medicine physician. “We encourage you to ensure you and your loved ones stay hydrated. Please check on the elderly or other populations at risk of being impacted by the heat.”

Drinking plenty of water, eating a proper diet, and avoiding strenuous activity during the hottest parts of the day are the simplest ways to avoid having problems. The most common misstep is not drinking enough fluids.

The best way to avoid heat-related illnesses is to exercise in the early mornings or late evenings, and if possible, avoid being outside during the hottest parts of the day  –  between 3 and 5 p.m.

Try to do any physical activities away from concrete or artificial turf. These surfaces tend to soak up more of the sun’s energy and can increase the heat in the area by several degrees. Also, protect your children by making sure they are not barefoot. Pets’ paws can be burned as well from hot pavement and other surfaces.

Intermountain Health’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our patients, caregivers, visitors, and members of our community. Our providers and clinical experts encourage people to plan ahead and know that in temperatures like these people may have to deviate from their normal routine to avoid dehydration and heat illness.

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