The Red Cross Offers Tips to Protect You and Your Family During High Temperatures
Starting today, the tri-state is expected to have record high temperatures reaching as high as 105 degrees. The Evansville Red Cross will have cooling stations positioned around the area, and to keep your family safe, they have released a list of helpful survival tips.
After all, when it gets as hot as they expect it to, you do not want to take any chances.
Here is the list the Red Cross released:
— Prepare. Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for what to do if the power goes out.
— Dress for the heat. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. It also is a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
— Stay hydrated. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which can cause dehydration.
— Eat smaller meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
— Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m. Take frequent breaks.
— Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool – they simply circulate the air.
— Be a good neighbor. Check in on family, friends and neighbors who are elderly or ill and those without air conditioning. Check on your animals frequently, too, to make sure they are not suffering from the heat.