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RED CROSS PROVIDES TIPS FOR DEALING WITH THE HEAT

7/17/2013

The American Red Cross is issuing some safety reminders as the temperature is expected to climb again near 90 degrees in Indiana County.  Donna Pacella of the Red Cross says excessive heat can cause numerous health issues, including heat stroke and even death.  Perhaps the foremost tip for everyone across the region is:  Never leave a child inside a hot car.  Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach 120 degrees. 

 

Other tips including staying hydrated and avoiding drinks that have caffeine or alcohol.  Slow down or postpone activities in the hottest part of the day, check on animals frequently and make sure they have cool water and wearing loose fitting and light colored clothing.  The Red Cross is also issuing warnings regarding heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  They say symptoms of heat exhaustion include cramps in the legs or abdomen.  Heat stroke symptoms include hot, red skin that may be dry or moist, vomiting and high body temperature.  Call 9-1-1 if someone shows signs of heat stroke.


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