American Red Cross is offering tips to stay safe this summer as temperatures rise.

American Red Cross is offering tips to stay safe this summer as temperatures rise.

The following tips include:

- Never leave children, pets in the car, the inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.

- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

- Avoid extreme temperature changes.

- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays.

- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

- Postpone outdoor games and activities.

- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.

- 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.

- Check on animals frequently to ensure they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.

For more information: redcross.org.