Red Cross Releases Heat Advisory Tips

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PEORIA – The American Red Cross urges Illinois residents to prepare for rising temperatures with these safety tips.

These steps can help prevent health issues caused by excessive heat:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can reach a dangerous level within a few minutes.
  • Slow down, take frequent breaks and drink more water than usual – even if you’re not thirsty.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • If working outdoors, take frequent breaks and use the buddy system.
  • Check on family, friends 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.
  • If possible, bring animals inside. If not, frequently check to ensure they are comfortable and have water and a shady place to rest.

Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Betsy Pratt encourages residents to discuss heat safety precautions with their families. She says too much heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramp, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Pratt also cautions residents to be prepared for potential power outages as a result of the heat.

The Red Cross also offers apps to send heat advisories and other severe weather updates to residents. Users can find these apps by following the link here.

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