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Red Cross Urges Caution During 'Significant' Idaho Heat Wave

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The American Red Cross is urging the public to exercise caution during the coming days as a heat wave rolls through the Treasure Valley: The 10-day weather forecast shows temperatures will be in the 100s.

With the National Weather Service forecasting record heat of 103-110 degrees between 2 p.m. June 27 and 9 p.m. Sunday, June 28, the American Red Cross offers some precautionary measures to ensure safety.

Foremost among those measures is to stay informed about weather conditions. Check weather reports, pay attention to the heat index—the added perceived temperature caused by direct sunlight and humidity—and pay particular attention to children, the elderly and animals, as they are most susceptible to heat.

During the warmest time of day, the Red Cross has tips for staying safe and aware:
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  • Pay attention to weather forecasts.
  • Never leave children or pets in closed cars. 
  • Stay hydrated with water, even if you don't feel thirsty, and avoid beverages containing caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat small meals more and often.
  • Avoid extreme changes in temperature. 
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing that's loose and lightweight. 
  • Stay indoors if possible, and avoid strenuous activity. 
  • Postpone outdoor activities until the heat decreases. 
  • Take frequent breaks if working outdoors. 
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors. 
  • Make sure pets have access to plenty of water and shade.