As extreme heat climbs in parts of the West—with temperatures forecast well over 100 degrees for the weekend—the American Red Cross has tips to help you and your family stay safe.
In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with excessive humidity.
During a Heat Wave:
Know What to Do in a Heat Emergency
Could you tell if someone were suffering from heat exhaustion or a heat stroke? Would you know how to respond?
The American Red Cross First Aid App puts that information in the palm of your hand, helping you prepare and respond to heat emergencies and other events.
Available for iPhone and Android devices, the free First Aid App gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. It also features videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.
Want more in-depth first aid training? Go to redcross.org/take-a-class to find a class near you.