Staying healthy in the heat

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Staying healthy in the heat

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Summer is here and that means extra precautions should be taken to ensure you and your pets stay healthy in the heat.

Elaine Fischer with the Department of Labor and Industries says drink plenty of water when working in the sun.

Watch co-workers for signs of heat-related illness such as headaches, dizziness of nausea.

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Pace your work, take plenty of breaks, and wear light clothing.

Fischer says don’t eat big meals or drink caffeine and avoid alcohol the night before working outdoors on a hot day.

Pet owners also need to give their animals plenty of water and shade.

The Whatcom Humane Society says do not leave pets locked in a car, even for a short time.

In the shade or with a window open, vehicles still get hot very quickly, which could be deadly for your pets.

Try to limit exercising pets on hot days to the early morning or evening hours.