Practical Tips for Desert Living & Safety

Practical Tips for Desert Living & Staying Safe


It's a "Dry Heat"

The Las Vegas Valley is comprised of nearly 600 square miles. While a dry heat dominates between April and August, spring and winter seasons are typically mild and pleasant. Desert winds are sometimes prevalent and summer temperatures can reach as high as 120 degrees, but there is very little humidity. This ideal climate promotes plenty of outdoor activities ranging from golf and tennis to skiing, swimming, hiking and boating.

Caring for Pets in the Desert

Pets need special care when adapting to and living in a desert climate. Limit the amount of time your animals spend outside during the hottest parts of day and always provide plenty of fresh water and shade. Remember your pets' sensitive foot pads, which can easily burn on hot concrete or dirt during the hottest times of day.

Pet Licensing

Licenses are required for all dogs and cats in Clark County. Residents are limited to three adult dogs and three adult cats per household. You may have up to six dogs and cats if you obtain a special pet fancier's license.

Both dogs and cats must be restrained by a leash. All dogs and cats must have rabies shots every two years.

Culture & Quality

A city with an increasingly diverse and unique quality of life, Las Vegas continues to evolve with fresh new cultural offerings that appeal to a wide range of tastes and budgets.

- From the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce - 

Practical Tips for Desert Living & Staying Safe


Las Vegas Fire and Rescue (LVFR) is armed with 664 firefighters and 18 fire stations protecting residents in a 133 square mile range. The outlying communities of Boulder City, North Las Vegas and Henderson operate their own fire departments. LVFR is an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class One department and is an Internationally Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. In addition to fire protection, the department works closely with the community to educate residents about fire safety issues.

Fire & Life Safety Education

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue provides fire education programs to the public and to businesses. Fire station tours and school visits are also offered, along with requests for speaking engagements. Other programs offered through LVFR include:

Fire Safety House

The Fire Safety House is a unique mobile classroom that teaches young children what to do in the event of a fire or earthquake. Requests for the Fire Safety House must be made at least four weeks before the class and approved by Public Information Officer (PIO) Tim Szymanski.

Fire Extinguisher Training

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue uses two computer simulators for live, hands-on fire extinguisher training. The class is approximately one hour in length with a maximum capacity of 30 people. There is no fee for the class. Special classes for larger groups can be arranged by calling Jo O'Rourke at 702.383.2888.

Free Smoke Alarms

Free smoke alarms are available for qualified individuals. For more information about the program, call Jo O'Rourke at 702.383.2888.

Honey Bee Safety Program

During certain times of the year, the Las Vegas Valley is visited by bees which can cause injury. For more information about the bees, call 702.229.2000 to listen to a four minute recording that offers advice. Bee safety classes are also available to groups and businesses. For details, call Jo O'Rourke at 702. 229.0066.
Hotel/Hospital Employee Life Safety Program (H.E.L.P.)

This specialized two-hour class for employees of hotels/casinos and hospitals provides information on what to do in the event of a fire or other emergency. The class includes hands-on fire extinguisher training. Call Fire-PIO Tim Szymanski at 702.229.0145 to discuss setting up a free program.

Community Fire Safety Classes

A two night/two-hour class on home and business fire prevention is available through a number of public schools and public facilities. Visit the LVFR website for details.

Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) / Las Vegas Fire Corps

This volunteer program is comprised of local citizens who want to help Las Vegas Fire & Rescue in the event of a large disaster or emergency. Classes are held each Tuesday night from February to May. The class is free. Applications are available in November of each year. For more information about the program, call the CFA Hotline at 702. 229.0146.

-  From the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce - 

Practical Tips for Desert Living & Staying Safe


The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has been keeping Las Vegans safe since 1973. LVMPD operates eight stations located throughout the city. With more than 3,595 police officers, LVMPD works daily to keep Las Vegas safe. LVMPD maintains a workforce that is trained in a variety of safety strategies and works with the community to reduce crime. Programs such as Citizen's Police Academy, Crime Stoppers, Neighborhood Watch, Gang Prevention and the Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program all work to help the city minimize crime.

Student safety is a top priority, so in addition to traditional police departments, the Clark County School District (CCSD) maintains a police department. The CCSD police department works closely with local police to create specific programs designed to fit its students' needs. It also conducts the drug use prevention and education DARE program at local schools.

- Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce -