Temperature highs for the next three days will be at the 100 degree mark in Nebraska. According to a recent CDC study, extreme heat is responsible for more than 650 deaths each year in the U.S. making it the nation’s biggest weather killer.
Phil Rooney with the Douglas County Health Department wants everyone to remain alert and take some simple steps to prevent heat related illness.
Never leave a person or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
Drink plenty of fluids before you get thirsty and avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Water is the best drink.
As much as possible, take advantage of air conditioning.
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.
Those 65 years of age or older are more at risk as are children. You can help by checking on these individuals during the day.
A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be used when outside.