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How to beat the extreme heat this summer

While outdoors, it's important to remember that heat can be dangerous.

HARTFORD, Conn. — As summer approaches, so do the hot days, possible heat waves, and strong sun rays. It's important for you and your pets to stay cool as temperatures start to rise.

While outdoors, it's important to remember that heat can be dangerous.

Staying hydrated is a top priority, as it can help prevent becoming ill in the hot weather.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke occur when the body loses its ability to cool itself down or becomes dehydrated, which can be life-threatening. Here are some signs to look out for:

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Dizziness, thirst, heavy sweating, weakness, and nausea are signs of heat exhaustion. Confusion, dizziness, headache, or becoming unconscious are signs of heat stroke.

Anyone who experiences these symptoms is urged to seek a place to cool down and call 911.

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Pets can also experience heat exhaustion, and can even die from it.

People seem to take their pets wherever they go, but cracking the car window just isn't safe for them. Leaving them at home really is the safest place during extreme heat.

On a 70°F day, in just 10 minutes, the temperature in the vehicle jumps to 90°F.

And on an 85°F day, that temperature goes over 100°F in that same amount of time. And the longer you wait, the higher that number goes.

The bottom line here is: love your pets and leave them at home. They'll be wagging their tail and ready for treats when you return.


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