Dangerously hot weather is predicted in coastal and central South Carolina this weekend into next week and the American Red Cross reminds people of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.
“The combination of excessive heat and humidity isn’t just uncomfortable—it can lead to a life-threatening situation,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross. “With some of the warmest weather so far this year forecasted to impact parts of South Carolina, it’s important to take steps to prevent heat-related emergencies, like sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.”
The Red Cross has six simple steps to help beat the heat:
- Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can reach a dangerous level 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 do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- If possible, bring animals inside. If not, frequently check to ensure they are comfortable and have water and a shady place to rest.
LEARN MORE The American Red Cross First Aid App puts that information at your fingertips, helping you prepare and respond to heat emergencies and other events. The free First Aid App gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. 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.