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Millions of people face dangerous high temperatures and elevated wildfire risks all along the West Coast as a massive heat wave brings record warmth to the region.
The National Weather Service reports temperatures could go higher than 110 degrees in the Southwest through the Labor Day weekend. The affected region runs from Southern California all the way to the Northwest where conditions are expected to last for the next several days. Excessive heat watches, warnings and heat advisories are already in place across the west and the heat will contribute to an elevated risk of wildfires.
The American Red Cross urges everyone in the impacted areas to follow these heat and wildfire safety steps.
HEAT SAFETY TIPS
WHO’S AT RISK? 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. Some may take medications that make the effects of extreme heat worse. People with heart disease, poor blood circulation, obesity and mental illness are at risk for getting sick if the temperatures climb.
You will find more heat safety information here.
People cause 85% of wildfires by burning debris, using equipment improperly, discarding cigarettes carelessly, leaving campfires unattended or intentionally setting a fire. To help prevent wildfires, follow these tips:
More wildfire safety information can be found here.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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