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Heat advisory needs attention to people and pets in the Rogue Valley

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The National Weather Services warns us that the temperatures in the Rogue Valley may be deadly in the next few days. While we rarely have heavy humidity factors, the higher humidity indexes are going to make it feel even warmer.

While it is good for people to drink lots of water, dress in light, cool clothing, stay out of the sun and remember to use sun screen with at least a 15 SPF, there are a lot of other activities that need to be remembered to keep those little people and pets who depend on us from being damaged by the heat.

There have already been too many instances in the news of pets and children who have been killed by heat buildup in cars. Basically, don’t leave pets or kids in cars during the summer heat! There should not be an understanding issue here, just don’t do it! Simple, hot out, no kid left in car, no pet left in car!

It is too important to ignore, so if you are the kind of person who does his own thing and does not interfere in the rest of the world, come off it in this instance. If you see kids or pets left in cars, report it to some who can keep a tragedy from happening.

Remember that both kids and pets need to have water too in order to avoid dehydration. Those sidewalks that are baking in the sun are hot enough to cook an egg and at the same time burn tender feet. Remember that dog pads can burn and children should never be barefooted on those pavements.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are serious concerns for the elderly. If you know someone at risk, maybe an elder who is not keeping the living quarters cool enough, check on them.

Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

If you see any signs of severe heat stress, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the affected person.

If medical help is delayed get on the phone with emergency personnel.

Together we can see that all the creatures come through the summer heat.

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