Red Cross Providing Safety Tips for People and Pets as Temperatures Rise
American Red Cross - May 9, 2022 6:31 am
The leading cause of death caused by weather is excessive heat.
The Red Cross heat safety tips will help Oklahomans protect themselves and their pets as temperatures rise.
The following Red Cross tips can help people protect themselves from excessive heat:
- Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places such as schools, libraries, theaters and malls.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
Oklahomans can also download the Red Cross First Aid app and take the first aid course.
The Red Cross also says to check on your animals frequently and provide plenty of cool shade and water.
Red Cross lists these symptoms for a pet who may be suffering from heat stroke:
- Heavy panting and unable to calm down, even when lying down.
- Brick red gum color
- Fast pulse rate
- Unable to get up.
- If you suspect your pet has heat stroke, take their temperature rectally. If the temperature is above 105 degrees, cool the animal down. The easiest way to do this is by using the water hose. Stop cooling the animal when their temperature reaches 103 degrees.
- Bring your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible as heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage.
The Red Cross also has a Pet First Aid app to download.