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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reminding the community of the dangers of heat illness for both people and pets during this year’s first heat wave.
Although the Health Department has only taken one report of heat-related illness in a person so far this season, Springfield Animal Control has taken 29 reports of animals left in hot cars since June 1.
“We understand many families want to take pets with them while they run errands, but this sets you and your loved companion up for a bad situation. In as little as 10 minutes, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees. Your car can quickly become a heat trap that puts your loved pet at danger of serious illness or even death,” said Erica Little, Environmental Health Administrator.
“On a 90 degree day, leaving your pet in the car for just 10 minutes exposes your pet to temperatures of 100-110 degrees. Keep in mind you would not stay in a car that warm, so don’t leave your beloved pet in a car that warm either. “
Follow these tips to keep animals safe in the heat:
In people, illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke occur when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Children, senior adults and people with chronic illness are at highest risk.
Heat exhaustion is the most common heat-related illness and can lead to dehydration. Symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness, tiredness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness or fainting, headache, nausea or vomiting. A person with these symptoms should move to a cool spot, rest and drink cool water. If symptoms worsen or last longer than an hour, they should seek medical attention.
Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature climbs to or above 104°F. It can be deadly. Call 9-1-1 immediately if a person has symptoms including a high body temperature, red, hot or dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion or unconsciousness.
To protect against heat-related illness:
For more information on staying safe in the heat and other summer-related topics, visit health.springfieldmo.gov/summer.