Friday, July 22, 2011

Heat Wave Across the United States

MSNBC reports that 29 states, including New York, are under a heat advisory. The heat wave is affecting states across the entire country and has thus far claimed 22 human lives. This morning at 7 a.m. in New York, temperatures had already reached 94 degrees F, and temperatures have already hit 100 degrees F.

Those who must go out to work or take care of urgent errands should have water with them; everyone should keep hydrated. And those with pets, please, leave them indoors today. If you must walk them outside so they can relieve themselves, make sure to keep walks short. Get them back indoors and into air conditioning. Make sure to give them fresh cold water and dump some ice cubes in it as often as your schedule permits.

Under no circumstances take them along with you on longer errands. Avoid leaving them tied outside--whether in your yard or outside a store while you run errands (you take longer than you think). And under no circumstances leave them in a car by themselves, even with the window cracked. It takes between 10 and 15 minutes for them to succumb to the heat in a car--and that's a generous estimate. Never leave your pet alone in a car. Ever. Not for a quick second. Not for five minutes. Never. Even if you've done it before and nothing bad happened. Use common sense. You've read the tragic stories, right? Don't take a chance. If you want to take a chance, play the Lotto. The only thing you'll lose there is a dollar.

Be safe and stay hydrated!

Your friends at Training Humans