Protect yourself and your pets during the heat wave

With temperatures approaching the triple digits this weekend, we want to remind everyone about the dangers of heat.

Remember to NEVER leave your child or pet inside a vehicle for any length of time. It only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 114 degrees. Within 30 minutes, the temperature rises to near 130 degrees.

Take your dogs on walks EARLY in the day or in the EVENING when it’s cooler. Pavement temperature is extremely hot during the heating of the day and can do damage to their paws. If your pets absolutely have to be outside, add ice cubes to their water bowl, ensure they have some type of shaded area to stay out of the sun and give them a padding pool to splash around in. If your pet does not like to get wet, freeze a dog chew or create a “dog ice lollypop” for them.

It’s also very important to know the signs of Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke. If you find someone that becomes dizzy or becomes unconscious, call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY, move the person to a cooler location, loosen or remove layers of clothing, and cool them with water or ice.

Stay safe this weekend!

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