Red Cross encourages residents to use “Cool Zones”

OKLAHOMA CITY – The American Red Cross is urging residents around the metro and western Oklahoma to be proactive in preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke with designated Cool Zones.

“They’re just places where people can go to essentially get out of the heat for a little bit,” Ken Garcia, at the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma said. “A nice air-conditioned place where there’s water available and really we’re just looking to prevent heat related illness.”

More than 200 locations from libraries to churches will offer cooling stations for anyone needing to beat the heat.

“A lot of seniors don’t want to turn on their air conditioners to save money, and it can get very hot there so they’ll go to a local senior center.”

The Red Cross recommends the following to prevent heat-related illnesses.

  • Avoid Extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Check on those who don’t have A/C and spend much of their time alone.
  • Check on animals frequently.
  • Hydrate frequently.

 

“Even if you don’t think you’re thirsty, just keep drinking,” Garcia said.  “Drink to the point you’re about to explode because at the end of the day you’re going to dehydrate very, very quickly outside.”

Click here for a list of Cool Zones in your area.