RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – You know it’s hot outside, but chances are you’re going to spend some time out in the dreaded heat over the next few days despite the summer heat advisory that has been issued for Central Virginia. Most of us will by either exercising, tending to yard work or our pets.
CBS 6 caught up with several experts on Wednesday with suggestions for taking the right precautions in these sweltering temperatures.
Marathoner and trainer Don Garber recommends exercising early in the morning or late in the day, when it’s not so hot. He says drink plenty of fluids the night before (6-8 glasses of water) and don’t run on pavement where the asphalt can absorb the heat making it dangerously hot. Instead, Garber recommends visiting one of our area parks and run in the shade.
“Don’t run when it’s one or two o’clock in the afternoon when the sun is at it’s highest peak and strongest. If you feel dizzy.. don’t push on,” Garber says.
Garber also says if you must workout in the heat it’s important that you listen to your body. He suggests wearing light colored clothing, a hat and sunscreen to minimize your sun exposure which can also increase your internal temperature.
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The same applies to pets. Veterinarians say pet owners need to apply some of these same recommendations to their animals. Walk pets in the early or late hours. This is especially important because a pet’s body is much closer to the ground that can be extremely hot.
Dr. Angela Ivy with the Richmond SPCA emphasizes, never leaving your pet in the car even if it’s just for a few minutes. She says if you believe your pet is suffering from overheating a quick solution is to use rubbing alcohol on their foot pads. That will help cool their body temperature.
Symptoms of heat exposure include feeling lightheaded, dizzy, muscle weakness and dry skin.
The bottom line is respect mother nature. The heat is not expected to let up until Friday.
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