Stay safe during heat wave

Published 12:22 pm Tuesday, May 18, 2010

As temperatures creep ever higher here in Shelby County, it’s a good time to remember some important safety tips for hot weather.

According to the Red Cross, it’s important to prepare by being aware of the forecast for local weather and talking with members of your family about heat safety precautions.

-Make sure you have emergency supplies on hand in case you lose power while temperatures are high. Also decide on places to go where you can get relief from the heat if air conditioning isn’t working.

-Don’t forget about your neighbors, especially those elderly, young, sick or overweight. Check in on them and make sure they have what they need to make it through the heat.

-Your animals also need attention — make sure there’s water and shade available.

-During hot weather, never leave children or animals inside enclosed vehicles.

-Make sure you and your loved ones stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

-Slow down, stay indoors as much as possible and avoid spending much time outside during the hottest part of the day.

It promises to be a hot summer ahead. Make sure you enjoy it as much as possible while staying safe.

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