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Stay Safe During Hot Weather

Credit: National Weather Service
Credit: National Weather Service

Do you know the difference between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke? Most of us aren’t aware of the real dangers between these 2 heat-related illnesses. With temperatures headed to 100+, now is as good as time as ever to get weather-aware.

Credit: National Weather Service
Credit: National Weather Service

During extreme heat, be especially mindful of children, the elderly, and your pets. Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia, which occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle. Hyperthermia can occur even on a mild day with temperatures in the 70s. Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets, and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The younger the child the more severe the effects because their bodies have not developed the ability to effectively regulate its internal temperature.

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