Take caution with excessive heat, Red Cross says

By KBJR News 1

Take caution with excessive heat, Red Cross says

July 3, 2012 Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 12:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Red Cross officials say that after Monday's storm knocking out power for thousands in northern Minnesota, heat advisories are likely to make the Fourth of July more uncomfortable.

Excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods, according to Judy Hanne Gonzalez, Northland Chapter Executive Director.

Hanne says that the Red Cross is dispersing water and refreshments Tuesday morning to Cass Lake in Beltrami County and Deer River in Itasca County to those who lost power from Monday's storm.

The Northland Chapter of the American Redcross is making these recommendations:

- Never leave children or pets in enclosed vehicles
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, avoid caffeine or alcohol
- Eat small meals and eat more often
- Stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise
- Check on family and friends who do not have air conditioning
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat
- Listen for weather updates