The heat this time of year can not only be annoying but it can be very dangerous. But there are some things you can do to beat the heat.Typically, the time from from mid July to late August are the hottest days of the year for our area. It is not uncommon for temperatures to approach or surpass 100 degrees -- and that's in the shade. It's hotter in the direct sunlight, of course. And combine the high humidity, well, that is a recipe for trouble.

The American Red Cross has safety tips to prevent danger from the sun and heat:

1. Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.

3. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

4. Avoid extreme temperature changes.

5. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

6. Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day

7. Postpone outdoor games and activities.

8.  Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.

9. Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

10.. Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend          time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

11. Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

Keeping hydrated and not getting over heated can keep you from getting heat cramps, heat exhaustion or worse yet suffering a heat stroke, which could prove deadly.

The good news is, September 1st and Labor Day are only about a month away. That holds the promise of cooler weather to come. But until then, stay safe and try and stay cool. You might just want to find a cool pool to jump in!

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