Despite not having experienced the intense heat of Illinois summers, the local Red Cross is encouraging individuals to be prepared to beat the heat.
Despite recent cooler temperatures, it's important to protect yourself in warmer weather conditions. Carl Baker, Executive Director of the Mid-Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross, says drinking plenty of fluids is one of the most important ways to keeping cool. He also advises taking breaks and stretching when engaging in intense physical activities.
It's important to keep your pets, kids and seniors cool during the summer months also. Baker explains it's important to keep your animals hydrated all day long. In addition, he also stresses it can be incredibly dangerous leaving kids or pets in an unattended vehicle.
Baker adds eating light during the intense summer heat is a good practice to keep from overheating.
Baker also stresses the importance of checking on elderly neighbors on a regular basis over the summer. In DeWitt County, senior citizens can take advantage of a program through the DeWitt County Friendship Center that allows seniors access to fans. For further information on this program, contact the Friendship Center at 217-935-9411.