Summer is here: tips for surviving the heat

OMAHA, Neb. – Nebraskans will be leaning on air conditioning and cool water over the next few days.

And with the heat come potential physical dangers, especially for vulnerable populations.

Recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows that heat kills around 700 people per year in the United States.

With temperatures expected to be well over 90 degrees during most of the next week, the Douglas County Health Department, like many other health departments statewide, is encouraging people to take some simple steps to avoid a heat-related illness.

“People in Nebraska love their outdoor time,” Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “But please make a couple simple plans to protect yourself.”

DCHD has some basic suggestions to help avoid heat-related problems:

  • NEVER leave a person or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Drink plenty of fluids before you get thirsty – water is the best drink. • Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine.
  • Take advantage of air conditioning as much as you can.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Outdoor activities should be limited to the cooler morning and evening hours.
  • Athletes participating in outdoor activities need special attention and lots of fluids.
  • People 65 years of age or older are more at risk as are children and should be checked on regularly.
  • A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be used when outside.
  • Consult your preferred news outlet for heat advisory updates, especially between noon and 6 p.m.

“Heat-related injuries can be avoided,” Dr. Pour said. “Stay cool, stay hydrated and stay aware of the conditions.”