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Protecting Yourself and Your Pets from the Heat

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Protecting Yourself and Your Pets from the Heat

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States.  Here in Central Texas, especially in the summertime, we need to make sure we are taking the correct steps to keep ourselves, family and friends safe in the heat.

The National Weather Service will issue heat advisories, watches, and warnings (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/) when our temperatures pose a danger to our health. 

TIPS: To protect yourself from the heat eliminate strenuous activity until the coolest time of the day.  Wear lightweight, light colored clothing.  Drink plenty of water and electrolytes.  Dont wait until youre thirsty to hydrate yourself, keep liquids on hand.  Stay indoors, if possible, during peak hours of the day, usually 11am-4pm.

KIDS: Dont forget about your kids.  Make sure the seat belt in your car is not too hot. Never, ever leave children or pets in the car, even if the windows are rolled down.  If the air temperature is 80 degrees, your car can heat to near 100 in just 10 minutes.

HEAT CRAMPS: Painful spasms in the leg or abdomen and heavy sweating can be a sign of heat cramps.  If this happens, massage muscle and take sips of water unless nausea occurs.

HEAT EXHAUSTION: Heaving sweating, weakness, cold, pale, clammy skin, fainting, and vomiting can all be a sign of heat exhaustion.  If this occurs, move out of the sun, lay down, apply cool, wet cloths, and take sips of water.  If nausea occurs or vomiting continues, seek medical attention.

HEAT STROKE: High body temperature (106+), hot, dry skin, rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness can be a sign of heat stroke.  If this occurs, seek medical attention immediately.  Apply cool, wet clothes until provided assistance.

Links:
Watches and Warnings: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/
Everything you need to know about the heat from the NWS: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml



 
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