First Aid: American Red Cross App
The American Red Cross issues heat safety tips as temperatures climb.
With the first aid app for your mobile device you can be prepared for the warm weather that is going to arrive.
When downloading the app you can learn about the different signs of a heat stroke and be prepared for a heatwave. It also gives you FAQ for questions like what's the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?
1. The person may have moist, pale, or flushed skin; They may experience heavy sweating; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
2. If someone does occur to have a heat stroke move the person to a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure they drink slowly. Watch for changes in their condition.
3. If the person refuses water, vomits, or begins to become unresponsive, call 9-1-1 or have somebody else do it.
A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat which often is combined with extreme humidity. The app tells you more about what to do if a heatwave occurs and how you can be prepared for the future.
Before a Heatwave occurs:
1. Always have plenty of bottled water. It can be extremely useful in a drought or local problems with supply.
2. Stock up on sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
3. Minimize the time spend outdoors.
During a Heatwave:
1. Stay hydrated even if you don't feel thirsty,.
2. Limit and/or avoid alcohol. Alcohol causes dehydration.
3. Eat well-balanced meals.
4. Always wear sunscreen SPF 30 or more.
5. Remember to check on family members, friends, and neighbors. Especially elderly, who live alone, and/or have heat and lung conditions.
The app also includes what to do in any type of emergency and uses your local to see which hospitals are the closest to you in cause of an emergency.
A link to the first aid app https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html.