PORTLAND, Ore., June 24, 2015 — Dangerously hot weather is predicted for Oregon and Southwest Washington over the next few days, and the American Red Cross reminds everyone of the steps they may take to stay safe when the temperatures rise. Stay informed and listen to NOAA Weather Radio for updates from the National Weather Service.
“High temperatures, humidity and hot, indoor environments can quickly cause heat-related emergencies,” said Troy Jenkins, Red Cross Health & Safety training manager. “Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”
The Red Cross has some simple steps to help beat the heat:
This weekend temperatures are expected to reach record highs, possibly in the triple digits. And with the increased heat, more and more people will take up swimming to cool themselves off.
“Many people will flock to local lakes, rivers, pools, and the coast,” says Brian Hoffmeister, American Red Cross aquatic specialist. “This year Oregon has already experienced a record number of drownings. There are ways to stay safe.”
Helpful tips before rushing to pool parties or rivers and lakes this weekend:
The free Red Cross Emergency App provides instant access to expert heat safety tips. Users also have the option of receiving alerts for excessive heat watches, warnings and heat advisories. The Red Cross Pet First Aid App has steps pet owners should take to help keep their furry friends safe during hot weather. People can find the apps in their app store by searching for American Red Cross and at redcross.org/apps.
People can learn how to prevent and respond to heat-related and other emergencies by taking a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED or Advance Child Care Training course. A variety of online and in-class options are available. Course and registration information is available at redcross.org/takeaclass.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.