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STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES DISCOURAGED AT LAKE MEAD NRA DURING EXTREME HEAT

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Date: June 8, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release

For Immediate Release: June 8, 2013
Release No.: 2013-40
Contact: Christie Vanover 702-283-2344

STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES DISCOURAGED AT LAKE MEAD NRA DURING EXTREME HEAT

BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Lake Mead National Recreation Area until 8 p.m. June 9. Temperatures in the park were near or above 110 degrees Saturday afternoon, and they are expected to remain in the triple digits over the next seven days.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the number one weather-related killer in United States.

“These extreme temps could lead to heat related injuries if precautions are not taken. We discourage people from hiking or participating in other strenuous outdoor activities at Lake Mead National Recreation Area while the warning is in place,” said Christie Vanover, park spokeswoman.

People exposed to extreme heat may be at risk of heat stress. Some symptoms include hot, dry skin or profuse sweating, chills, throbbing headaches, dizziness, extreme weakness or muscle cramps.

“If you, or someone you’re with, begins to feel tired and flushed and begins to sweat excessively, you may be suffering from heat exhaustion,” said Vanover. “Stop any strenuous activities immediately, drink water and find a cool place to rest.”

If someone becomes disoriented, stops sweating, has hot dry skin, or even worse, passes out, that person is probably experiencing heat stroke, which is a serious medical condition.

“If someone experiences these symptoms, call 911 immediately,” said Vanover.

People exposed to extreme heat should avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages because they increase stress on the body and accelerate dehydration.

“If you’re coming out to enjoy Lake Mead or Lake Mohave this week, use a buddy system, monitor the condition of your friends and have someone do the same for you,” said Vanover. “Bring plenty of water and don’t forget to provide water and shade for your pets.”

-NPS-

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