Texans know that with summer comes high heat, and along with it comes safety risks for yourself, pets, children and even your vehicle.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind as temperatures rise.
Some pets love the outdoors, but there are some things pet owners must take into consideration before leaving them all day in the heat while at work.
Diane McCoy, director of the Erath County Humane Society, gives some tips for summer pet safety.
“They need shade and fresh water, and that doesn’t mean you glance outside and leave a little bit in there. Dump it out and put fresh water,” McCoy said. “Shade where there’s a breeze is perfect and swimming pools are good if they can get in them a little bit.”
If you don’t have a pool, McCoy said one of those small plastic baby pools would work or just anything they can stand in.
“Anything they can put their feet in is good because they cool through the pads of their paws,” she said. “And just monitor how long they’re outside. If you don’t have to leave them out for long periods of time that would be good. If you see them become listless you can put them in a cool bath to bring down their body temperature.”
This is the time of year when kids want to play outside.
Here are some safety tips offered by the Dell Children’s website to keep in mind for pool and bike season.
Never leave your child unattended in or around water.
“We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water,” the website states. “Put the cell phone, magazine or book away, forget about all the other things you have to do and give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water.”
Learning CPR is also a good skill to have.
With bike safety, parents should make sure their kids always wear a helmet and check to see that everything on the bike is working properly.
Hot weather can also affect your car, especially your tires.
“Hot weather can wreak havoc on your tires since the hot air expands inside of them,” reads an article by TexasMonthly. “If your tires are well worn, it poses an even more imminent threat. Check your tires for wear on a regular basis and always make sure you check them when temperatures spike.”
Having an emergency kit inside your vehicle is also important and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends drivers have the following at all times:
Cell phone and car charger First aid kit Jumper cable Tire pressure gauge Jack Water, medicines and nonperishable food Flashlight For more information on summer safety visit any of the above websites or contact anyone in your area that may have some expertise in summer heat.