With Memorial Day behind us, summer has unofficially begun—which means sizzling temperatures aren’t too far behind. In fact, the East Coast is set to get its first heat wave this week.
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.
Depending on where you live, you may not be feeling the heat yet—but it’s smart to have some Red Cross safety tips in mind for the summer ahead.
During a Heat Wave:
Know What to Do in a Heat Emergency
Could you tell if someone were suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke? Would you know how to respond?
The American Red Cross First Aid App puts that information at your fingertips, 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.