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Beat the Heat

We're having a HEATWAVE


Heat Wave

The temperatures are heading back up into dangerous levels.  It is important when the weather gets like this, you know how to keep you, your friends and family safe.  Follow these hot weather tips to keep you safe and healthy this summer.


For other hot weather health and safety tips

click here for tips from the American Heart Association.





For People:


  • Increase fluid and water intake but avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine. As tasty as a cold beer is on a hot summer day, alcohol and caffeine actually increase dehydration.
  • Take time for a cooling off period each day during very hot weather.
  • Use a fan to improve ventilation in rooms with open windows or doors. The re-circulation of hot indoor air is not helpful.
  • Eat moderately.   Also cooking on the grill is a great way to help keep your house cooler since you won't have to turn on your oven or stove                                                                                                       
  • Wear clothing that is loose fitting and light in color.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight as much as possible.
  • If you have to be in the sun, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply every two hours (every 45 minutes if in water.)  For young children or infants use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50.
  • Avoid strenuous activity or exercise during the hottest part of the day- typically between noon and 3pm
  • Kiddie pools are a fun way to cool off in your own back yard but never leave small children unattended near the water.  Also dump the pools when you are finished and refill the next time you want a quick dip.  Mosquitoes and other insects love stagnate water
  • Check on friends, neighbors and family members who do not have air conditioning and make sure they are doing alright.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat related illnesses and seek medical attention when necessary


For our Pets:

  • Our pets can’t sweat like we do so make sure you provide your outdoor cat or dog Swimming Dogwith plenty of shade
  • Water, water and more water.  Make sure your pet has plenty to drink and refresh as much as possible.  Hot water will help prevent dehydration but does little to help your pet cool off
  • Feed your dog or cat in the cooler hours of the day.
  • To prevent him from overheating, don't let your dog exercise in hot weather. If you want to run with your dog, do it in the cool hours of the early morning or late evening.
  • Avoid asphalt topped areas for your walks with your pet.  Surface temperatures can soar high enough to fry an egg which is more than hot enough to seriously burn your pet’s feet
  • Not all pets are natural swimmers- introduce yours slowly to the water to gauge his or her skill and like of the water. 
  • If your pet is a swimmer, make sure you rinse him or her thoroughly after a dip in the pool to get all the chemicals out the coat and off the skin
  • If you have a light colored pet with pink skin- your pet is at risk for sunburn too!  Consult with your vet for an appropriate sunscreen before venturing into the sun
  • Keep your pets well groomed.  Wrinkly dogs can have issues with fungus in their wrinkles and the heat can exacerbate the problem.  Shedding out excess fur helps your pet stay cooler.  In some cases you may want to consult with a professional groomer and see if shaving is recommended
  • NEVER EVER EVER LEAVE YOUR PET UNATTENDED IN A CAR.  Temperatures rise above one hundred quickly even on fairly mild days

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