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Friday, July 22, 2011

Hot weather tips for people and pets

ENERGY ADVICE FROM A READER (Noon):  Dan, There’s a risk of a power outage because of the demands of everyone’s air conditioners. Please post a note on your blog asking people to set their AC no cooler than 78 (you can supplement that with a small fan if you must). 78 degrees may be a tad warmer than we’d like indoors, but it’s much better than having the power go out city-wide. Thanks, Jan
As Plainfield temperatures are expected to hit the three-digit mark today and continue into the weekend, remember to take care of those you love in these potentially dangerous conditions -- your family, your pets...and yourself.

Stay out of the sun and avoid strenuous outdoor work if you can.

Being in the air-conditioning is fine (this is coming from someone who is NOT a big a/c fan).

Don't leave children or pets in the car.

People and pets need plenty of liquids -- cold water, iced tea or coffee, non-sugary sodas for people; frequent fresh cold water for pets.

Walk pets in the cool of the morning or evening.

Remember, easy does it.

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Jan said...

Never leave your dog in the car thinking is the Windows are open a crack the dog will be OK.Even in 80 degree heat the temp inside the car can go to 95 in minutes. When it's 95 outside the inside of your car will quickly reach 110. This is extremely dangerous. Many pets have died because of owners leaving them in the car. DON'T
do it even for 'just a minute.'

Anonymous said...

Iced tea or coffee, non-sugary sodas will dehydrate you. It is better to drink water or sport drinks (non caffeinated). If you drink coffe, tea or any type of soda or even juice you are putting yourself more at risk of body fluids lost, which in term means dehydration of your body.

Dan said...

@ 7:58 AM: I was always told just as you say about caffeinated fluids, but it appears we wuz told wrong....

This from Snopes:
The idea that...the diuretic effects of caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda actually produce a net loss of fluid appears to be erroneous. The average person retains about half to two-thirds the amount of fluid taken in by consuming these types of beverages, and those who regularly consume caffeinated drinks retain even more: Regular coffee and tea drinkers become accustomed to caffeine and lose little, if any, fluid...The same goes for tea, juice, milk and caffeinated sodas: One glass provides about the same amount of hydrating fluid as a glass of water. The only common drinks that produce a net loss of fluids are those containing alcohol...