The summer months are upon us and so is the heat! While the long days and sunshine are a favorite of many, it’s important to keep heat safety in mind for all, and especially for the more vulnerable to the heat, like small children, pets, and elderly.
Here are a few heat safety tips to keep in mind.
- Handheld fans, umbrellas for shade, water bottles, lighter colored clothing, flip flops and cold drinks are all things that can help you stay cool! Taking cool showers, applying sunscreen and using your AC unit or fan can assist as well!
- Be mindful of how quickly your car can heat up when you run into a store for a quick iced coffee…never leave your trusted furry companions, small children, or anyone at risk in your car.
- Small considerations for pets can go along way with effects of heat – earlier in the day or later in the evening walks, making sure they always have easy access to fresh water and a cool, shady spot, and knowing the signs of heat stroke in dogs (excessive panting, wobbly legs, dry mouth and nose are some of the main signs of heat and dehydration)
- Close your blinds during the day especially if you aren’t home to keep the sunlight from quickly heating your home.
Wishing you a safe and hydrated summer!