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5 Easy Tips for Heat Safety in Your Community

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Red Cross Disaster Health Services Manager Mary Casey-Lockyer is the expert in being ready for anything. Read on for her heat safety suggestions for making sure everyone in your community is keeping their cool during end-of-summer heat waves.

When you hear that a heat warning is in effect, your first inclination is to lock up inside. But Mary suggests that you take a few other steps as well, just to be sure everyone in your community is safe during a sweltering stretch of time.

Check in on your neighbors, particularly elderly ones who might not have anybody else to make sure they’re ok. And of course, never ever leave children or pets unattended in a car for any amount of time.

Find out which libraries, schools or churches in your community have generators for air conditioning, so that if the power goes out, you have a cool place to escape to.

Be mindful of your water intake and activity level, especially if you are on any medications. Aging has an effect on a person’s hydration, making you less sensitive to thirst as the years go by, so it’s extra important to keep a bottle of water on hand at all times.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, such as hot, dry skin or profuse sweating, hallucinations, chills, a throbbing headache, high body temperature, or confusion, dizziness and slurred speech.

Download the Red Cross Heat Wave Safety checklist, as well as Red Cross apps that can keep you informed and ready during a heat wave.

How do you keep your cool in sweltering weather? Tell us in the comments section below.

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