There have been twelve deaths in the valley this month related to the heat. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the coroner’s office has not provided any details on the victims. The Review-Journal also discovered that these deaths were all associated with broken or faulty air conditioners in their residence. A recent survey concluded that the county and city of Las Vegas, Henderson, Mesquite and Boulder City codes do not guarantee air conditioning but require heat.
North Las Vegas requires conditioning units to be habitable at 70 degrees or lower. County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani is working with the DA’s office and the building department to put in place similar laws like North Las Vegas. She says, “There should be some minimum standards of expectations for people to live in.”
There is 70 days in the summer where temperatures in Las Vegas will reach over 100 degrees and normally it is hotter inside a house without air conditioning. Ten people will die every year in Clark County due to heat and considering the city and county does not track how many homes that do not have air conditioning, it’s often never that homes are built without them. Renters are encouraged to make sure that air conditioning is stated in their lease and to give their landlord a written notice if their unit malfunctions. Nevada law required the landlord to fix air conditioning units within 48 hours to avoid penalties.