Tips to stay safe while in triple-digit heat

The Texas heat is no joke and can take a toll on your body and mind. The American Red Cross is urging people to stay safe, hydrate, and follow their heat safety tips.

“Given the ongoing extreme heat experienced in Texas, heat stress can occur quickly. While outdoors, people should drink plenty of water and take breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas,” said Ariane Einecker, interim CEO, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “Heat waves may also cause power outages. If affected, residents should have a plan to go somewhere else with an air conditioner to avoid the elements until power is restored.”

HEAT SAFETY TIPS

  • Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • 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 you don’t have air conditioning, seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and shade.

SYMPTOMS OF HEAT RELATED EMERGENCIES

  • Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin
  • Heavy sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or loss of consciousness
  • Weakness

If you see someone suffering from heat stress, follow these steps:

  1. If losing consciousness or vomiting, immediately call 9-1-1
  2. Relocate to an air conditioned or shaded area
  3. Slowly drink cool water
  4. Apply ice or cold towels to head, neck, groin, wrists, ankles and underarms

Extreme heat is the most dangerous type of severe-weather event in the country, according to the American Red Cross. Annually, thousands of people suffer from heat related injuries including heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat strokes. Make sure you are staying hydrated, adhering to weather and heat advisories, checking on your pets and loved ones, and avoiding the extreme heat when possible.

Jade Allen

Jade Allen

Jade Allen explores East Texas to bring the most exciting activities and locations to The East Texas Weekend. Jade came to Texas in 2018, where it has steadily become a home and a place to explore.