Tips for managing extreme heat wave hitting North Texas

Tips for managing extreme heat wave hitting North Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Red Cross has some advice if you're out in this scorching heat.

Be on the look out for heat related symptoms, such as cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin, heavy sweating, a pounding headache, nausea, dizziness or loss of consciousness, or just a general feeling of weakness.

If you suffer any of these symptoms, find some shade and slowly drink cool, not ice cold, water. You don't want temperature shock.

You can also put some cold towels on your head, neck, groin, wrists, ankles and underarms.

"Always have extra water around -- chilled if possible -- shaded rest stations are good, adequate breaks, sunscreen and people don't always think about head protection: always wear something on your head. Parents need to look at what times their kids are going outside, even if it's organized sports activities, sometimes they need to look at changing those times to later in the day or early in the morning," Eric Cain with American Red Cross said.

Also remember to check on elderly family members and friends, and keep your pets cool, too.

The Red Cross reports heat related injuries are common and dangerous.

(Press Release)

As triple-digit temperatures are forecast for North Texas, meteorologists have stated that the end of May and June could be some of the hottest on record. To help keep everyone safe during this late-spring heatwave, the American Red Cross provides heat safety tips to last all summer long.

Annually, thousands of people suffer from heat related injuries including heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat strokes. Individuals should adhere to weather and heat advisories and make a plan to address heat-related emergencies.

“Given the extreme heat experienced in Texas, heat stress can occur quickly. While outdoors, people should drink plenty of water and take breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas,” said Keith Rhodes, chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “Heat waves may also cause power outages. If affected, residents should have a plan to go somewhere else with an air conditioner to avoid the elements until power is restored.”


Heat-related symptoms can include:

  • Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin
  • Heavy sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or loss of consciousness
  • Weakness


If you see someone suffering from heat stress, follow these steps:

  1. If losing consciousness or vomiting, immediately call 9-1-1
  2. Relocate to an air conditioned or shaded area
  3. Slowly drink cool water
  4. Apply ice or cold towels to head, neck, groin, wrists, ankles and underarms


The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand. Download from any app store or at for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. You can also learn First Aid and CPR/AED skills ( to help keep your loved ones safe in an emergency.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLubbock.

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