OMAHA (kptm) -
The Douglas county health department is urging parents to never leave their children in the car. They say the inside temperature can quickly reach 120 degrees.
They also say pets should be left at home on hot summer days.
To prevent heat exhaustion, they suggest drinking plenty of fluids before you get thirsty. They say water is the best drink as alcohol and caffeine tend to dehydrate people.
They encourage athletes participating in outdoor activities to plan their exercise in the morning or evening hours.
They also say those working outside should take frequent breaks and wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
The Salvation Army has set up four cooling stations around the metro for people to cool off. They say they will be giving away free water bottles and snacks.
Anyone is welcome at the sites. They are at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 2825 Y Street, Headquarters at 3612 Cuming Street, 24th and Pratt in North Omaha, and 715 N. 16th Street in Council Bluffs.
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