Kansas Adjutant General's Department
Contact: Public Affairs Office- Catherine Horner
Email: catherine.f.horner.nfg@mail.mil

(785) 646-1192
17-079 Temperatures are rising, so be prepared to keep people and pets safe

Temperatures are soaring in Kansas, prompting heat advisories and excessive heat warnings for many communities and the potential for heat-related injuries. According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the United States. Heat injuries include heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat injuries may affect anyone, although children, older adults and pets are particularly susceptible. To avoid heat injuries this summer, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management advises following these safety tips:

  • Stay out of the heat as much as possible. Limit outdoor activities until the cooler part of the day.
  • Cover your skin with lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat, so if you must work outside for an extended period, use sunscreen and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Make sure there is someone available to check on you.
  • Keep a close eye on children and check on elderly neighbors. Watch for signs of heat-related illness, such as sunburn, dehydration, heat cramps, heavy sweating, weakness, skin that is cold and pale or hot and dry, and high body temperature.
  • Call 9-1-1 for suspected heat-related emergencies.

Heat waves become more dangerous each day they continue. The cumulative effect of the excessive heat on the body leads to more cases of heat-related illness and death. You can save a life by getting someone into an air-conditioned room for just an hour or two.

KDEM officials suggest having a plan for where your family can go if there is a power outage. Many communities offer cooling centers or consider a trip to the movies, a mall or the library if you know someone who does not have a working air conditioner in their home.

Additional information on what to do regarding extreme heat conditions may be found at http://kansastag.gov/www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

Heat safety for Pets

Unlike people, our pets can’t tell us when they are suffering from the heat, so watch for signs of heat stroke. These signs may include, but are not limited to panting, dehydration, excessive drooling, increased body temperature, production of only small amounts of urine or no urine, muscle tremors, or wobbly, uncoordinated or drunken gait or movement.

To protect your pet from extreme heat:

  • Ensure outside pets have water and plenty of shade. Bring pets inside for cooling breaks during the hottest part of the day.
  • Check on pets frequently to ensure they aren’t suffering from the heat. If you’re gone during the day, ask a neighbor to check on them.
  • Don’t leave your pet in an enclosed vehicle. A car’s internal temperature can reach dangerous levels in just a matter of minutes. A car’s interior may go from 80 degrees to 99 degrees Fahrenheit in as little as 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can reach nearly 110 degrees. After an hour, it’s at 123 degrees!

More information on heat safety for pets can be found at www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_safe_heat_wave.html



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