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Red Cross Offers Safety Tips To Beat The Heat

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Utica, NY (WIBX) – The Red Cross is reminding people to take care of themselves when it comes to summer heat.

Today and tomorrow, local heat indexes are expected to hit more than 100 degrees, and with those numbers come higher risks of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and sunburn.

Kelly Brown, with the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley, says the easiest way to stay safe in the summer heat is to stay hydrated and pay attention to their body.

“Listen to your body,” Brown said. “If your body is sore and it’s achy, if you’re feeling a little tired or more thirsty than usual, that is your body trying to tell you something. So, don’t ignore it.”

Brown says those who do plan on venturing outside should wear loose clothing, not overexert themselves and keep those most vulnerable out of the heat.

For more information, download the Red Cross’ “Heat Wave Safety Checklist” here.

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