It’s Getting Hot in Here: Red Cross tips to stay cool

The American Red Cross reminds everyone to take precautions against heat related incidents.

I cannot think of a better to start off a blog about heat wave safety than the simple statement that IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE… but the American Red Cross can help.

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures way above normal this week across most of the country. High temperatures could go above 100 degrees in the southern and central plains, moving east during the week to the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the country.

Along with general discomfort, such high temperatures can lead to:

  • Sunburns: Often mild symptoms dissipate after a few days but a serious burn can be debilitating and require hospitalization. Don’t be a lobster, wear sunscreen. 
  • Heat cramps: Muscular pains associated with an extreme loss of fluid, often a precursor that the body needs to cooldown
  • Heat exhaustion: Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
  • Heat stroke: Signs of heat stroke include  hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature.

It’s important to treat all of these symptoms by trying to cool the person off and give them small amounts of water over a long period of time.  If the person loses consciousness or begins vomiting while experiencing the above symptoms call 9-1-1 immediately to avoid heat stroke (also known as sunstroke), a potentially life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself.

To avoid all of those nasty illness the American Red Cross suggests that everyone try and stay cool by:

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  • Most importantly drink plenty of water and try to avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Enjoy the hot weather but always be Red Cross Ready!

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