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: