The Red Cross is issuing safety tips so people in Illinois can beat the heat. The Red Cross suggests eating small meals, more often during the day, wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing, avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, and take frequent breaks if working outdoors. Most importantly, never leave seniors, children or pets in the car alone during a heat wave. It could cause serious health problems, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. And as always, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and limit drinks with caffeine or alcohol.