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Stay Safe During the Summer Heat

06/30/2021 10:14 AM | Anonymous

The dangerous heat wave will continue in the West for the rest of the week and in the Northeast. The American Red Cross is working with local officials to open and support shelters and cooling centers for people affected by the record-breaking high temperatures in the West and in the Northeast. 

It’s urgent that people take steps to stay safe during the excessive heat. High temperatures and humidity claim the lives of more than 600 people in this country every year. Those more at risk include adults age 65 and older, those with chronic medical conditions, people who work outside, infants, children and athletes. Some medications make the effects of extreme heat worse. People with heart disease, poor blood circulation, obesity and mental illness are at risk for getting sick if the temperatures climb.

The National Weather Service reports the unprecedented heat in the West will move inland with temperatures as high as 30 degrees above normal in a region where many residences don’t have air conditioning. Excessive heat warnings have been issued and people are urged to follow heat safety steps such as stay in air-conditioned areas, drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activities. More safety information below.

More than 140 trained Red Cross disaster workers are responding, some virtually, to operate and support 11 shelters and cooling centers where more than 400 people sought a cool place to escape the heat. The Red Cross is working with state, local and tribal officials to determine what other help is needed.

Please follow local guidance on dealing with extreme weather conditions.. To find an open shelter/cooling center, visit redcross.org or download free Red Cross app “Emergency” and view open facilities. If you don’t have access to a computer or smart phone, call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767)..

In addition to the free Red Cross app “Emergency”, the Red Cross First Aid app gives you instant access to information on handling common first aid scenarios, including heat emergencies. Download for free here or search for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store. Learn First Aid and CPR/AED skills (redcross.org/takeaclass) so you can help save a life.


Learn about what to do to help someone with heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  1. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of non-caffeine and non-alcoholic fluids.
  3. Check on family, friends and neighbors without air conditioning, who are alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  4. If you don’t have air conditioning, seek relief from the heat in places like schools, libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
  5. Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  6. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  7. Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  8. Postpone outdoor activities.
  9. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  10. Check on animals frequently. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and shade.

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