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How to keep you and your pets safe this hot week

As this week of heat continues, special precautions need to be made for those working outside as well as pets. Temperatures should reach highs in the mid and upper 90’s this week, almost reaching triple digits on Thursday. Heat index values,which take into account humidity and air temperature, are upwards to 105-110 this week for much of Mid-Missouri. Even at night, conditions will be warm and muggy with low temperatures in the mid 70’s.

Take special care and monitor those who work outside, the elderly, and young children as they are much more heavily impacted by this heat. Drink plenty of water. Take frequent breaks inside air conditioned areas if possible, and if not in a place shaded and away from direct sunlight. Wear loose and lightweight clothing and under no circumstances leave children or pets unattended in a car as temperatures can rise in a matter of minutes in this heat.

Be sure to monitor your pets for signs of heat related illnesses as animals cannot cool themselves fast enough in high heat and humidity. Be sure to give your pets plenty of water and shaded areas to stay cool from the direct sun. Areas shaded under trees or cover work best as they do not limit air flow like a dog house does.

Conditions are only going to get hotter and more dangerous as the week and day goes on so keep those most at risk in mind.

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