Hot weather forecasted this week
As the weather this week will be in the high 90's, please take precautions for family, neighbors and pets. Here are some helpful tips.
Ten Hot Weather Safety Tips:
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids; drink about 16 ounces before starting and 5 to 7 ounces every 15 or 20 minutes.
- Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks can hurt more than help.
- Wear protective clothing. Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing helps protect against heat. Change clothing if it gets completely saturated.
- Pace yourself. Slow down and work at an even pace. Know your own limits and ability to work safely in heat.
- Schedule frequent breaks. Take time for rest periods and water breaks in a shaded or air conditioned area.
- Use a damp rag. Wipe your face or put it around your neck.
- Avoid getting sunburn. Use sunscreen and wear a hat if working outside.
- Be alert to signs of heat-related illness. Know what to look for and check on other workers that might be at high risk.
- Avoid direct sun. Find shade or block out the sun if possible.
- Eat smaller meals. Eat fruits high in fiber and natural juice. Avoid high protein foods.
Heat and Sun Safety for your pets
- Keep drinking water bowls full of cool, fresh water
- Provide shaded areas where a pet can rest if outdoors
- Use a misting hose to provide a cool area for a pet while outside
- Utilize a kiddie pool for dogs to splash and relax in
- Keep an eye on pets around water—not all pets are natural swimmers
- Exercise or have strenuous playtime in the cool of the morning or at dusk, not during heat of the day
- Do not leave pets unattended outside when it gets hot; bring inside
- Leave your pet at home when you are running errands (see below) – NOT in the car
- Light-colored pets can sunburn—check with your veterinarian before applying sunblock to your pet’s nose
- Walk your dog early or late in the day, out of the heat
- Walk frequently when it’s cool to build up callus on the pads
- Walk on the grass when hot surfaces are unavoidable
- Moisturize your dog’s pads daily with paw balms or creams
- Lay down a wet towel for your dog to stand on when grassy areas are not available