It’s that time of year when monsoon storms wreak havoc throughout the valley and cause power outages during the hottest months. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year.
The American Red Cross has steps you can take to help stay safe during the hot days and when electrical services are temporarily down. Additionally, Red Cross volunteers are assisting families around Phoenix affected by last night’s monsoon storm. Anyone needing Red Cross assistance from the storm can call 1-800-842-7349.
Heat safety tips
Some people are more at risk of developing a heat-related illness, including adults age 65 and older, those with chronic medical conditions, people who work outside, infants and children and athletes. Here are steps you should take in hot weather:
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
- Maricopa County Emergency Cooling Stations are located throughout the valley and provide a cool place and drinking water. To find a location near you visit: https://www.maricopa.gov/2461/Cooling-Stations-Water-Donation
- Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
- Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
Power outage checklist
If a power outage is 2 hours or less, you do not need to be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible. Power outage checklist in English and Spanish.
Cooling station opens in Arizona City
American Red Cross has opened a cooling station for Arizona City residents without power. The location is at the Fire station, 14022 S. Sunland Gin Rd, Arizona City, AZ.