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Emergency Crews Brace for Extreme Heat

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LAS VEGAS - Extreme heat has Las Vegas valley emergency crews preparing for a long and busy weekend.

Emergency officials are urging residents to move any planned outdoor activities inside as temperatures reach potentially record levels.

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are strategically placing ambulances in areas where they expect heat exhaustion to occur. This includes the Strip or near outdoor events going on this weekend.

They say high temperatures are going to mean more 911 calls for help. Crews say the calls come from tourists and locals alike, but also from homeless people who are stuck outside.

Most calls are for heat exhaustion, but Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Jon Klassen says calls for sunburns are also common.

"You can get second degree burns from the sun. Somebody who's not used to the sun like we get here, comes here from another environment and thinks they're going to get that tan all in two days. They make themselves pretty miserable by eight o'clock at night," he said.

You can take steps to avoid a trip to the hospital for you or your loved ones:

-Drink more water than you usually do. If you drink four glasses a day, for example, drink five or more this weekend.

-Check on your elderly relatives. Older folks are more susceptible to heat exhaustion.

-Wear sunscreen.

EMTs will also pass out water bottles to people this weekend in an effort to remind them to hydrate.

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