Plan for the heat to prevent illness, tragedy

 

The risk of hot weather remains for the next few months.

 

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. According to the NWS, an average of 130 people per year in the past 30 years have died due to heat-related illnesses.

 

“What makes this statistic especially distressing is that heat illnesses are quite preventable,” said Lucinda Parker, public information officer with HSEMD. “When the temperature rises, it’s important to stay hydrated, stay cool, and as much as possible, stay indoors."

 

Parker said if you must be outdoors when it’s very hot to try and seek shade or wear a wide-brimmed hat. Staying hydrated means drinking plenty of water, and limiting your alcohol intake. “While alcoholic beverages may seem to quench your thirst, they actually cause your body to be more dehydrated,” she advised.

 

In addition, it’s important to protect pets and children from the heat. Fur coats can be hot! Keeping your dog or cat’s hair trimmed to around an inch will go a long way to keeping them cooler in hot weather. And, leaving children or pets in a car, even when the temperature doesn’t seem very warm, can be lethal.

 

“Studies have shown the temperature in an enclosed vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as few as 10 minutes, and ‘cracking’ a window will have little effect in keeping the interior of a car cool,” Parker stated. “Leave pets at home, and make sure all children in your car have exited when you do.”

 

“Beat the heat – check the backseat!"

 

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Brochure

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Heat brochure (PDF)

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Heat brochure (PDF for printer)

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Posters (8.5x11 inches)

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Helpful links

HSEMD does not endorse a specific app.

 
 

App Store: Baby Reminder for iPhone (free)

Click here to visit the App Store
 

Google Play: Baby Car Monitor for Android (free)

Click here to go to the Google Play store
 

Calgary Humane Society blog - "Ultimate beat the heat" list for pets

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Humane Society website - Heat safety for your pet

Click here to go the Humane Society of the U.S. website
 

Safe Kids website - Preventing heatstroke

Click here to go the Safe Kids website