Tips for Managing Extreme Heat in North Texas

DALLAS (Monday, July 18, 2022) — Triple-digit temperatures are forecast throughout the week for North Texas, with temperatures Wednesday soaring to near-record levels, according to the National Weather Service. To help keep everyone safe during this latest heat wave, the American Red Cross urges people to be careful and follow our heat safety tips.

Extreme heat is the most dangerous type of severe weather event in the country. Annually, thousands of people suffer from heat-related injuries, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. People should stay hydrated, abide by weather and heat advisories, find cooling centers if needed, and make a plan to address heat-related emergencies.

“Given the ongoing extreme heat experienced in Texas, heat stress can occur quickly. While outdoors, people should drink plenty of water and take breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas,” said Ariane Einecker, interim executive director of the American Red Cross North Texas Region. “Heat waves can also cause power outages. If affected, residents should have a plan to go somewhere else with air conditioning to avoid the elements until power is restored.”

The Red Cross is working with partners in North Texas to support cooling centers. Red Cross volunteers are already working at some centers, providing water, ice and snacks, and are ready to help as more open. The Red Cross currently supports operations at cooling centers in the following locations:

600 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney, TX 75069 (Monday through Friday, 10 am to 9 pm)

HEAT SAFETY TIPS

  • Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The interior temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Check in on family, friends, and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning, who spend a lot of time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, seek relief from the heat during the hottest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls, etc.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors, and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Postpone games and outdoor activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if you work outdoors.
  • Check animals frequently to make sure they are not suffering from heat. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water and shade.

SYMPTOMS OF HEAT-RELATED EMERGENCIES

Heat-related symptoms may include:

  • Cold, clammy, pale, or flushed skin
  • heavy sweating
  • Headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or loss of consciousness
  • Weakness

TO DO

If you see someone experiencing heat stress, follow these steps:

  1. If you lose consciousness or vomit, immediately call 9-1-1
  2. Relocate to an air-conditioned or shaded area
  3. Slowly drink cold water
  4. Apply ice or cold towels to your head, neck, groin, wrists, ankles, and underarms.

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS

The Red Cross “Emergency” app can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information at your fingertips. Download from any app store or on redcross.org/apps for over 35 different emergency and severe weather alerts. You can also learn First Aid and CPR/AED skills (redcross.org/takeaclass) to help keep your loved ones safe in an emergency.

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 life-saving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports the military and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org/northtexas or redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at@CruzRojaNTX

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