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Tips to stay safe as temperatures, heat index soars

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - According to the WMBF First Alert Forecast, temperatures are picking up steam in the coming week, set to hit 90 degrees and higher.

The combination of heat and humidity can be dangerous.

The following tips have been provided by the Red Cross.

Use these tips to stay safe when temperatures soar:

- Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can reach a dangerous level within a few minutes.

- Slow down, take frequent breaks and drink more water than usual – even if you're not thirsty.

- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

- If working outdoors, take frequent breaks and use the buddy system.

- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat. 

- If possible, bring animals inside. If not, frequently check to ensure they are comfortable and have water and a shady place to rest.

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