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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Reminder about the Heat

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As you guys know, we’ve been very hot here in the desert with temps about 12-15 degrees above normal.  We’ve been setting records all over the place for this time of year.  The whole southwest US is under a heat advisory because of a stalled weather pattern.  We all know to be especially watchful to avoid heat stroke and things like that, but I’d still like to offer up a reminder and some helpful tips.  W do have a holiday coming up and people will be wanting to be outdoors enjoying activities with their family and friends.

 This was in our local paper and is good advice.

 1.  Dress light and eat light meals

 2.  If possible, stay out of the sun.  If you have to be in the sun, take regular rest periods in cool or shady places

 3.  Wear sunscreen

 4.  Increase fluid intake regardless of activity level

 5.  Avoid caffeinated, alcoholic or sugary drinks

 6.  Stay in an air-conditioned or cool environment when possible

 7.  Check on neighbors and family members, especially children and elderly people

 8.  Provide shade and water for animals

 Unfortunately, some people in our area don’t do enough for their animals.  I see horses all the time with no shade at all for them to get under.  I feel so bad for these animals at the mercy of the elements.  I’d like to make the owners sit there in the 115 degree heat all day with no shade.

 We have water pans and bushes all over the yard for the critters who come to take advantage of it in the summer.  They probably view our yard as an oasis in the desert because we have lots of activity out there.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July everyone!

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  1. Sunni, sweet and conscientious as ever. Thank you for posting this. Have a fantastic 4th!

    1. Vashti,

      Thanks for your kind words. I realize most of this is just common sense, but it never hurts to remind people to be careful with this heat wave.

      Have a great and safe fourth!



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