Take precautions to keep you and your pet safe during days of extreme heat

As temperatures are expected to climb above 90 degrees this week, Minneapolis City officials want to remind folks how to handle the heat.The National Weather Service has also issued a Heat Advisory for today until Thursday 9 p.m. as the heat index could reach 100 degrees or more.  Heat-related illness happens when the body isn’t able to cool itself. Seniors, small children, and people with physical disabilities are the most vulnerable to heat-related illness, but everyone should take steps to stay safe in extreme heat.

The Minneapolis Health Department works closely with other local jurisdictions and the Minnesota Department of Health to help folks prepare for extreme heat events. Minneapolis has an emergency plan that is used to respond when a heat advisory or warning is called by the National Weather Service. The plan is coordinated with a metro-wide notification plan that reaches out to agencies that serve vulnerable populations.

Tips for preventing heat-related illness:

Protect your pets

High temperatures can also have adverse effects on pets. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control urges pet owners to take special precautions to protect their animals when the heat index is so high. Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe and alive:

Resources in other languages

A video and audio message about staying safe during days of extreme heat is available in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali from ECHO Minnesota.

For more information on heat-related illness and how to prevent it, visit the Minneapolis Health Department website.  

Published Jul 16, 2013