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Cooling Station
Red Cross Volunteers Staff Cooling Center at County Facility
7/21/2011
Volunteers from the American Red Cross are working with Mecklenburg County to staff a cooling station today and tomorrow as temperatures are expected to rise above a 100-degree heat index.

Red Cross volunteers will provide drinks and snacks as well as a cool place to stay.

When: 1-7 p.m. Thursday, July 21 and 1-7 p.m. Friday, July 22
Where: The Hal Marshall Annex of the Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Center, 618 N. College St., Charlotte

More than 100 people came through the cooling station set up last week in search of refuge from scorching temperatures.

American Red Cross Expert’s Advise on Staying Cool in Record-breaking Heat

Here are some easy tips for staying safe during heat waves, courtesy of Dr. David Markenson, chair, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council.

• Never leave a child or pet in a parked car – even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of a car can quickly reach 120 degrees.

• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol that dehydrate the body.

• Dress for the heat. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing in layers. Avoid dark colors that absorb the sun’s rays.

• If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool yourself. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

• Protect your self from sun exposure even on cloudy or hazy days. In addition to dressing for heat, apply a broad-spectrum (protection against both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen and reapply as indicated, wear eye protection (wraparound sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection) and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

• Be a good neighbor. Check in on the elderly, young children and pets to make sure they are not suffering from the heat.

Additional heat safety tips are available on redcross.org.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost to our clients. You can help victims of disasters by making a contribution to the Red Cross. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Visit www.redcrosshelps.org or call 704.347.8352 to make a donation.



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