“High temperatures, humidity, and hot indoor environments can quickly cause heat related emergencies! Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.”
In honor of Heat Safety Week the American Red Cross has some simple steps to help beat the heat:
- Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can reach a dangerous level within a few minutes.
- Slow down, take frequent breaks and drink more water than usual–even if you’re not thirsty!
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- If working outdoors, take frequent breaks and use the buddy system.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household.
- If you do not have air conditioning choose places you could go for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls)
- If possible, bring animals inside. If not, frequently check to ensure they are comfortable and have water and a shady place to rest.
- Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.