Oh joy. The heat just keeps on giving. Now the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning. Apparently the temps of 105-110F (C) which translate to 115F+ where I live, are mixing with the approaching moisture from Hurricane Norbert moving north and creating a rather deadly combo.
After too many unnecessary deaths of children and animals in cars throughout the summer, I was happy to see the Service had a warning to that effect regarding the unholy temps that can occur in cars, even with windows open.
It amazes me how stupid people can be. A 90F car can reach 160F in 10 minutes! Animals can sustain brain damage, irreversible organ damage and die from within just 15 minutes.
“It’s important to remember that it’s not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet,” says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. “Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly.”
“Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness. Link.
Share this video and information on your blog or Facebook, Tweet it, etc. just so people realize, learn and avoid such situations.
Also be aware of hot asphalt/pavement.
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