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

As temperatures rise this weekend, and with many outdoor events planned, Minneapolis City officials want to remind folks how to handle the heat. 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 City's Department of Health and Family Support 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:

If you see an animal outside or in a car exhibiting signs of heat stress, call Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC) immediately -- in Minneapolis, dial 311 (612-673-3000).  If you believe the situation to be life-threatening, please call 911.

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

Published Jul. 15, 2011