Top 3 Heat Safety Essentials

by Arkesh Patel, volunteer contributor, American Red Cross North Texas

It’s that time of the year again and extreme summer heat is on the way, which combined with humidity, can take a toll on even the most seasoned Texans.

Some people are more at risk due to the heat, including adults age 65 and older, those with chronic medical conditions, people who work outside, infants and children, and athletes. Here are steps you should take in hot weather:


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Avoid extreme temperature changes.Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.



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Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Postpone outdoor games and activities. If unable to postpone, take frequent breaks to cool down.




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Check on family, friends, pets and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.


For more heat safety tips or to be alerted when extreme heat is near you, download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App.


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