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Six Red Cross Tips to Stay Safe When Temperatures Soar

PORTLAND (Friday, August 12th) — Soaring temperatures along with high humidity is predicted throughout Maine and the American Red Cross would like to remind everyone on how to stay safe when the temperatures rise.

Here are six simple steps to help beat the heat:

1. Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can reach a dangerous level within a few minutes.

2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. 

3. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

4. Slow down. If working outdoors, take frequent breaks and use the buddy system.

5. 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. 

6. If possible, bring animals inside. If not, frequently check to ensure they are comfortable and have water and a shady place to rest.

“The Red Cross wants to remind Mainers how best to deal with the extreme heat and humidity,” said Justin Burkhardt, Red Cross Spokesperson. “In addition, we are encouraging people to check in on their friends and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning or who live alone.”

LEARN MORE 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


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 or visit us on Facebook or on Twitter at @ARC_Maine.