Staying safe in soaring temperatures

The American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri, located in Cape Girardeau, released a list of six tips to stay safe when temperatures soar in anticipation of dangerously hot weather in the area. 

The Red Cross advises:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can become dangerously high within a few minutes.
  • Slow down, take frequent breaks and drink more water than usual, even if you’re not thirsty.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • If working outdoors, take frequent breaks and use the buddy system.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who don't have air conditioning, spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • If you can, bring animals inside. If you can't, check often to make sure they're comfortable and have water and a shady place to rest.

Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet sent Local 6 hot weather safety materials provided by KYTC District 2 Safety Coordinator Shelley Singleton. To view those documents, click the links below:

Heat Stress – Control the Hazards 

Heat Stress – Hot Weather – Sun Protection

Heat Stress — Symptoms and First Aid

Sun Exposure for Construction

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