Heat safety tips for pets, children and yourself

Posted at 10:21 AM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 06:42:19-04

Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore and northeast North Carolina are all under an Excessive Heat Warning and outlying areas are under a Heat Advisory for Monday.

We are expecting dangerous temperatures and heat index values for many areas.

Sunday saw record breaking local high temperatures and Monday we will be close to the record high which is 102° set back in 1942.

With these high temperatures it is important to be sure children, pets and yourself are safe and healthy. The National Weather Service has some important tips to help with this.

  1. Look before you lock - Hot car deaths can be avoided by always checking your car before exiting. An average of 38 kids each year die in unattended vehicles.
  2. Pet safety - Animals can die within 15 minutes of heat stroke. Keep pets at home in extreme heat weather. Do not leave pets in unattended vehicles even with cracked windows.
  3. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke - click here for more or view the graphic above.
  4. Excessive heat is dangerous even after the sun goes down.
  5. Protect yourself and your loved ones - Drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen regularly, dress in lightweight and light colored clothing, take breaks in the shade

Click here for more from the National Weather Service.