– The American Red Cross Kansas and Oklahoma Region reminds our communities that the highest temperatures we’ve seen this summer could be on the horizon. A little preparation can go a long way in helping to keep you, your family and your fur babies safe during intense heat. Young children, older adults, individuals with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, individuals taking prescription medicines, outside workers, and those who live alone are more susceptible to the heat and are at greater risk of experiencing a heat-related illness.
You can:
Stay Aware – watch weather warnings and adhere to the safety precautions. NEVER leave children or pets in your vehicle.
Keep Cool – if you do not have a working air conditioner, seek relief during the hottest part of the day in places such as libraries, theaters or malls.
Stay Hydrated – drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine.
Limit Outdoor Activity – avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day and wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
Stay Connected – check on friends, family and elderly neighbors who may not have air conditioning or live alone.