(HealthDay News) — Intense summer heat can be downright dangerous.

To help protect yourself, the American Red Cross advises:

  • Don’t leave a pet or child in a closed car.
  • Drink fluids throughout the day, even if you’re not thirsty. Skip drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine.
  • Eat frequent, small meals.
  • During the hottest times, stay indoors and postpone exercise.
  • Dress in lightweight, lightly-colored, loosely-fitting clothing.
  • If you must work outside, do so with a buddy.
  • Check frequently on family, friends, neighbors and pets.

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