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Polar Bear Plunge Challenges Your Idea of Cold

Polar Bear Plunge Challenges Your Idea of Cold

 

If the past couple of weeks haven’t been cold enough for you, an upcoming City of Henderson event might take care of that.

People are invited to brave the freezing water of the Henderson Multigenerational Activity Pool, 250 S. Green Valley Pkwy., for Henderson’s second annual Polar Bear Plunge. The event takes place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Participants will ride down the slides of the outdoor activity pool and plunge into the cold water below.

The event also includes warm winter treats, activities and a bounce house. Admission is $5 per person, including those wishing to watch. Swimmers will take the plunge by age:

Air Conditioning Partially out at Henderson DMV

Air Conditioning Partially out at Henderson DMV

The air conditioning is partially out at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Henderson forcing the department to cut back on staff.

DMV officials are asking anyone who has business with the department to visit the office at 1399 American Pacific Drive only in the mornings or go to another office in the Las Vegas valley. The office will remain open but from 3 p.m., until closing staff levels will be reduced.

Two of the four compressor units at the building failed this week. New equipment is coming in from out of state. The office is expected to be fully functioning by Monday. For locations of other offices or to use services available online, go to dmvnv.com.

Initiative to Keep Kids, Pets from Overheated Cars Kicks Off

Initiative to Keep Kids, Pets from Overheated Cars Kicks Off

The City of Henderson will launch its “Check Your Seats in the Heat” campaign at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Henderson Chevrolet, 240 N. Gibson Rd.

The campaign is a grassroots effort to remind motorists of the dangers of leaving children, the elderly and pets in a hot car. 

No one thinks they could ever leave their child unattended in a hot car. But even the most responsible parent can suffer a momentary lapse in memory and forget their child sleeping in the back seat. Even with the windows partially down, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can reach 125 degrees in just minutes.

Kids, the elderly, and pets are more sensitive to the heat and can suffer heat stroke and death within minutes. Nationally, about 38 children die every year due to being left in a hot car. 

The campaign will feature posters placed in Henderson businesses, and volunteers will distribute red “reminder” ribbons that drivers can tie to their steering wheel.

County Opens Cooling Stations for Hot Weekend

County Opens Cooling Stations for Hot Weekend

As temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 110 degrees this weekend, additional cooling stations will be open to the public in an effort to move the homeless and other individuals out of the heat, and to keep them hydrated.

The cooling stations are in addition to the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition’s Inclement Weather Shelter Program, which provides seasonal shelter on an as-needed basis. The program also provides funding for long-term day shelters during the summer.

The National Weather Service, in partnership with the Clark County Coroner and the Regional Initiatives Office, has developed a graduated heat index which shows when people are most vulnerable to the heat. When the weather reaches these “Extreme Weather” thresholds, cooling stations are made available to the homeless and others to provide a safe place to escape from the heat and receive water.