(WOIO) - The American Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region continues its appeal for blood donors because of a new threat from the current heat wave. Because of extremely high temperatures many people who would otherwise come to donate blood are staying away.
"Heat advisory warnings may be forcing many who are sensitive or vulnerable in these weather conditions to stay indoors," said Christy Chapman, Communications Manager for the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region. "However, those who are able to join us will be glad to know our blood drives are comfort-controlled when it comes to temperature. So you can beat the heat, enjoy a refreshing drink and feel good about helping save a life. I'll even go so far as to say it's 'cool' to give blood!"
All types are needed, but especially O negative, which can be used to treat any patient. The need for blood is constant, even in cases of extreme weather.
As temperatures and humidity levels soar, protecting yourself and others from overheating is critical to avoid a potential heat-related illness. Here are some easy tips for staying safe during heat waves, courtesy of Dr. David Markenson, chair, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council.