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City of Carrollton Encourages Hot Weather Safety

Post Date:06/06/2018 2:00 PM
Heat Safety infographicWith the first official day of summer just around the corner, the City of Carrollton reminds residents to exercise caution in the heat. May 2018 was the second warmest May on record in the DFW Metroplex and temperatures are expected to continue to rise. 

Despite the fact that heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, each year, an average of 658 people succumb to extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness. 

To prevent heat-related illness and disease, limit outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest; stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible; drink more water than usual even if you don’t feel thirsty; wear and reapply sunscreen; and wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing when outside. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and disease, and those living in a home without it should spend as much time as possible in public facilities that are air-conditioned. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, clammy skin, a fast, weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness, dizziness, headache, and fainting. 

The City also wishes to remind residents to never leave children or pets in cars. Last year, 42 children in the U.S. died after being left in hot cars, according to the National Safety Council. More than half of children who die in hot cars are forgotten inside of the vehicle by their parent or guardian. The temperature inside a vehicle can rise by nearly 20 degrees in 10 minutes, and young children’s bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s, according to a journal report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. To prevent tragedy, never leave your child alone in a car for even a minute; keep your car locked when you’re not in it to prevent your children from gaining access; create reminders by putting something in the back seat next to your child, such as your cell phone or left shoe; and call 911 immediately if you see a child alone in a car. 

“As a community, we can prevent heat-related illness and death in our most vulnerable citizens by remaining vigilant,” said Watson Kohankie, Carrollton Fire Rescue 2nd Driver/Paramedic and Fire Safety Education Specialist. “All hot car and other heat-related deaths are 100 percent preventable if you take the appropriate precautions and look out for others who may need help.”

Pets can also get overheated and dehydrated quickly under the summer sun, so be sure to give them plenty of fresh, clean water; be careful not to over-exercise them; and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot. When the temperature is high, don’t let your animal linger on hot asphalt, as their paw pads can burn. Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse. 

“Exercise responsible pet companionship this summer by knowing your pet’s limitations and looking out for warning signs that they may be overheating,” Animal Services Manager Carl Shooter said. “Keep in mind that if it’s too hot for a human to walk barefoot on the concrete without burning their feet, then it’s too hot for animals to walk on, as well.”

Local National Weather Service Offices (NWSOs) will issue Heat Advisories or Excessive Heat Warnings as necessary based on local conditions. For more information on local weather conditions, visit weather.gov/fwd. For more tips regarding hot weather safety, contact Carrollton Fire Rescue at 972-466-3070 or Carrollton Animal Services at 972-466-3420.
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