Heat Advisory prompts hot weather help in Lincoln

You have options to stay cool even if you don't have access to air conditioning
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Starting at noon Tuesday through 9 pm Thursday, Lincoln and surrounding areas are facing a Heat Advisory, with temperatures soaring well into the triple digits with the heat index.

This could lead to heat illnesses across Nebraska. The City of Lincoln has some help for those who need to stay cool but might not have their own resources to do so.

“Those without air conditioning can cool off during regular hours at recreation centers, libraries, and senior centers as well as other public locations such as theaters and shopping malls. All neighborhood pools host Family Swim Nights from 6 to 8 p.m. for $9 per family. Event nights vary by location.”

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Information on regular and extended hours at City pools and other facilities is available HERE.

Aging Partners has a limited number of fans to give out on a first-come-first-served basis to adults over 60 years old, regardless of financial situation. For more information, call 402-441-3025. You can also donate a fan you don’t need at 1005 “O” Street.

“Health officials say children are more at risk from high temperatures because they adjust more slowly to the heat, have thinner skin, produce more heat with activity, sweat less, and are less likely to rest or get a drink when they are active. Others at risk include the elderly, those with chronic diseases, those who are overweight, and those using certain medications or alcohol,” the city said in a news release.

The biggest health concerns are sunburn, heatstroke, and heat exhaustion.

How to prepare for the hot weather:

  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids, especially during physical activity.
  • Avoid heavy meals and hot foods, which add heat to your body.
  • Monitor infants for fluid intake and dress them in cool, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Check on relatives, neighbors, and friends who may be at risk.
  • Never leave children or pets in parked cars. Even with the windows open, temperatures can reach 130 degrees in only a few minutes.
  • Place your cell phone, purse, or left shoe in the backseat as a reminder that you have a child in the car.
  • Make sure pets and livestock that live outdoors have plenty of fresh, cool water and shade. Pets should be brought indoors if possible.

If you have to be outside, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen (SPF of 30 or more), and a hat. Avoid being outside 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. if you can. Take frequent rest breaks in the shade or inside. If you get weak or light-headed, you must stop any activity.

Protect your pets too. They can’t sweat like people and need additional steps to cool off. More information on protecting pets–including the brochure and video “Too Hot for Spot”– is available by visiting local Animal Control. You can also call them at 402-441-7900.

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