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Published on July 18, 2019

Take precautions to beat the heat

When summer temperatures rise, be sure to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses, which can be serious. Here are some valuable tips from the American Red Cross:

  1. Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120° F.
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  3. 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.
  4. If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters or malls.
  5. Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  6. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  7. Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  8. Postpone outdoor games and activities. The Red Cross has a "First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches" online course that gives an overview of first aid and best practices for many first aid situations encountered by coaches. Contact the Red Cross for a class near you.
  9. Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  10. Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.

More information on how heat can affect your furry friends is available on the Red Cross website, found here.

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