Red Cross safety tips for extreme heat

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DAYTON, Ohio (Red Cross) – It’s no surprise that the Miami Valley is being hit by a heat wave for the next few days. The Red Cross has released a list of safety tips to think about today.

1.) If you don’t have to be outside in the heat, then don’t go outside.

2.) If you don’t have air conditioning, visit places that do – malls, libraries, bookstores, movie theaters.

The Washington Township Recreational Center is offering an indoor cooling station throughout the remainder of this week. Officials told WDTN’s Jake Ryle that the center will officer an air conditioned room, tables and chairs for any residents of Washington Township and Centerville.

3.) If you have to work outside, slow down and rest frequently.

4.) Wear light, loose-fitting clothing. Tight-fitting clothing hold the heat in and doesn’t allow it to escape.

5.) Drink a lot of water, even if you’re not thirsty. It’s easy to get dehydrated without noticing.

6.) Check in on your neighbors, especially if they’re older, disabled or don’t have access to air conditioning.

7.) Don’t forget your pets. If they’re outdoor pets, bring them indoors where it’s cooler for the weekend. If not, check on them frequently and make sure they have plenty of water and a shady place to rest.

8.) Be prepared for power outages. This kind of heat often stresses the power grid and leads to outages.

The Red Cross also offers two different apps, which provide even more information about heat safety. The Red Cross Emergency App provides information on 17 different types of emergencies. The Red Cross Pet first Aid App has tips for pet owners on how to keep animals safe in extreme conditions.

For more information, visit the Red Cross website.

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