Leave Your Shoes In The Back Seat, And Other Tips To Prevent Heat-Related Deaths
Risks of heat stroke and other injuries are rising with the temperature and humidity.
The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the 90's throughout this week.
At Genesis Health System, spokesperson Craig Cooper says people can take simple steps to avoid injury.
"One of my favorites - make sure you don't leave children or pets in a vehicle, not even for a few minutes. You forget that the child or pet is in the back seat, so one of the tips that I like is to leave something vital to the work day in the backseat with your child. It can be your phone, your shoes, so that when you get out of the car you think 'I'm not wearing shoes,' and they're in the back seat with the child."
The Centers for Disease Control reports hundreds of people die from heat each year.
Cooper says people without air conditioning can get relief in a variety of places including libraries and shopping malls, but they can also visit any Genesis campus if necessary.
He also suggests checking on neighbors and family members, especially the elderly, because they can be at a greater risk of heat-related death or injury.