Warmth, sun, and fun… that is what summer time is really about! We often get so busy in our vacations and day to day summer agendas that we let some things slip from our minds. Giving your dogs water, letting them in, and making sure they are not in any danger from the heat and sun shouldn’t be one of them. Simple tips and a puppy photo here.
Are you looking for a way to keep the kids entertained now that school is out? How about helping them become more comfortable with animals? Check out “Pet a Pony” next Thursday! Click here to learn more!
Greetings Chatham County! Spring is here and summer is right around the corner! With that in mind we decided to kick things off this month with some tips for summer pet care. Just because it’s not summer yet doesn’t mean these tips are not valid. We all know spring can be as hot as summer on occasion and it is compounded by the fact that our outside pets still have those winter coats on! So please keep your furry family members in mind! Click here for more!
With temperatures rising and schools letting out, it’s clear that summer is almost here! Get ready to enjoy summer safely by taking a look at today’s tips for beating the heat and check back later this week for some valuable information on what to do in the case of a heat-related emergency.
Beat the heat by:
- Drinking plenty of water: Carry water with you and drink continuously even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine; these can dehydrate your body.
- Dressing appropriately for the heat: Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing. It’s also a good idea to wear hats or use an umbrella when spending time outdoors. Additionally, using anti-UV (ultraviolet) sunglasses can help protect your eyes from the sun.
- Wearing sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen will protect your skin from sunburn and long term sun damage. These products help absorb or reflect the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You should apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before stepping out into the sun and reapply every 2 hours while your skin remains exposed to the sun. Products with a higher SPF (Sun Protection Factor) provide greater protection from the sun’s damaging rays.
- Staying indoors whenever possible: Stay inside as much as you can. If you do not have air conditioning and it’s really hot outside, considering spending some time in a public air conditioned place like a mall or public library. When you do need to go outside for work or fun, keep in mind that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10am to 4pm and that the coolest part of the day is in the morning between 4am and 7am. Avoid strenuous work or activities during the hottest part of the day, if you can. Whenever you are active outside on a hot day take frequent breaks to find shade or a cool place to rest and drink plenty of water.
- Being a good neighbor: Check on the elderly residents in your neighborhood and those that do not have air conditioning.
- Keeping your pets in mind as well: Your pets also need plenty of shade and fresh water to drink on hot days! Do not leave your pets, or anyone else, in a closed, parked vehicle.
Taking these steps should help you stay safe as the temperatures rise this summer!
For more information about heat safety, please see:
It’s definitely the dog days of summer. The high
in the Raleigh area on July 25th was 102 degrees, setting a new record. According to the National Weather Service, the month of June was the warmest recorded since data has been kept. The triangle area is hoping to get a break from the heat and humidity this week, but the hot temperatures will likely return.
Here are tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on dealing with the heat:
- Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid.
- Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library
- When the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
If you must be outside, please follow the following guidelines:
- Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
- Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.
- Try to rest often in shady areas.
- Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
For the full list of guidelines from the CDC, please go to- http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp