Heat Advisory for South

We need to not only take care of ourselves, but also our animal friends. It's dangerously hot outside..

"Stay inside during this heat, that's best. But some dogs can't," said veterinarian, Dr. Daniel Newell. "They need to have shade. They need to have plenty of cool, fresh water. A lot of times if you can get a little kiddie pool and put some water in it so they can get in there and cool off, that's good also. And also a fan, that's good too if you can set up a fan around their kennel or whatever that helps circulate that air."

Your dog will tell you when they're too hot.

"She usually likes to stay outside and play for a long time, but with the heat, she comes back in very quickly," said Sharon Truelove of Cuba, Ala. "She gets hot."

Some of the signs that your pet is suffering heat stroke are: panting or respiratory difficulty, lethargy, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes seizure.

In a normal year, approximately 175 Americans die from extreme heat. Young children, senior citizens, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to become victims.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service want to remind residents there are steps you can take to help beat the heat.

In the past dozen years, 450 children have died nationwide due to hyperthermia after being left in or gaining access to cars. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. Remember: Beat the heat, check the backseat.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
• Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
• Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
• Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.
• Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
• Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
• Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
• Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
• Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
• Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
• Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.
SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION:
• Heavy sweating but skin may be cool, pale or flushed.
• Weak pulse.
• Normal body temperature is possible, but temperature will likely rise.
• Fainting or dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and headaches are possible.
SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE; CALL 9-1-1 IF SOMEONE HAS THESE SYMPTOMS:
• High body temperature (105+).
• Hot, red, dry skin.
• Rapid, weak pulse and rapid shallow breathing.
• Victim will probably not sweat unless victim was sweating from recent strenuous activity.
• Possible unconsciousness.


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