National Heat Awareness Day

national heat awareness dayDid you know that heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses?

According to the National Weather Service, “When the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration or sweating, body temperature rises and you or someone you care about may experience a heat-related illness.”

For this reason the National Weather Service established May 23, 2016 as National Heat Awareness Day to remind citizens of the dangers of even a limited amount of heat.

As summer approaches, it is a good idea to reacquaint yourself with proper precautions that can be taken as the temperature rises.

It seems like common sense, but it may surprise you to know that according to, 11 police dogs died of heat related illness just last summer.

The National Weather Service has an informational website designed to inform you about the health dangers of heat, prepare you for excessive heat events, and tell you what to do during an excessive heat wave. This site includes vital information about the dangers of leaving children, pets, or anyone with limited mobility alone in a car even for a few minutes in what might seem like mild weather. Here you will find information about protecting yourself from the heat, educational materials and resources on how the National Weather Service keeps you aware of potentially dangerous situations. You will also find games and activities to help educate your children about the dangers of heat and links for more information.

Braxton’s Animal Works has heat awareness information cards available at the store. Stop by today to learn more.

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