Threat of overheating from sun means staying vigilant

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - This is the time of year when reminders to take care of pets pour in. But remember to also check on elderly relatives and neighbors.

Overheating from too much sun is a real threat. And while anyone can develop heat stress, children, senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions are especially susceptible.

While there are no plans to open any cooling stations yet, the Red Cross says there are places you can go if you don't have air conditioning at home.

"Go to a public place, go to the mall, go to a restaurant," said Julie Darling, American Red Cross community executive. "If you're not able to, stay on the lowest floor of your building, where it tends to be cooler. Fans do help, because they cool the sweat on our body, even though they don't really cool down the temperature in the home."

To go along with that, you'll want to avoid outdoor activity when the sun is strongest, which is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and cover as much skin as possible. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water. It is recommended to drink two to four glasses of water per hour during extreme heat.


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