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Tips to stay safe during the heat wave

June 15. There’s a heat advisory in effect, with highs of 95 and above forecast for through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The Red Cross has this advice for dealing with the heat:

Heat safety tips:

—Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.

—Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

—Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.

—If you don’t have air conditioning, seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters, malls.

—Avoid extreme temperature changes.

—Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Dark colors absorb the sun’s rays.

—Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

—Postpone outdoor games and activities.

—Take frequent breaks and use a buddy system when working outdoors.

—Check on animals. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and shade.

Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 911.