Red Cross Warns of Heat-Related Illnesses

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Today, the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross is reminding the public that everyone is at risk for heat-related illness, not just the elderly.

Everyone is at risk once temperatures rise above 90 degrees.

Now that the dog days of summer are delivering hot temperatures and high humidity, precautions should be taken.

Signs of heat stroke include red, dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse and shallow breathing.

 For a full list of precautions, visit the Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.1a019a978f421296e81ec89e43181aa0/?vgnextoid=ac93ff7ff59f7310VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD

 Some Red Cross safety tips are:

  • Prepare. Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for what to do if the power goes out.
  • Dress for the heat. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Stay hydrated. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which dehydrate the body.