Interim Fire Chief Al Beardsley
12 School Street
Manchester by the Sea, MA 01944
For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Manchester-by-the-Sea Fire Department Shares Hot Weather Safety Tips Ahead of Potential Heat Wave
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — With high temperatures predicted for this weekend, Interim Fire Chief Albert Beardsley would like to remind residents to take safety precautions during their summer activities, especially those that take place outdoors.
The National Weather Service is predicting that temperatures may reach into the 90s throughout the weekend in Manchester-by-the-Sea.
“It’s important that as we move into the hottest weeks of the summer, residents take care of themselves and remember to look after their pets,” Chief Beardsley said. “The pavement can become incredibly hot and burn a dog’s paws, and like humans, pets need frequent hydration and cool places to rest. Residents should also never leave their pets unattended in a car. Even in more moderate temperatures, internal car temperatures can be lethal.”
To prevent illness and injuries, the Manchester Fire Department recommends the following safety tips from the American Red Cross and National Safety Council:
Heat Safety Tips:
- Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach over 100 degrees, even on a 70 degree day.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, like water.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is typically around 3 p.m.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities if the temperature is too hot.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
- Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
- Learn to recognize and treat heat illnesses.
Tips for Parents:
- Limit playtime at peak sun exposure time and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat illnesses.
- Avoid burns. If playground equipment is hot to the touch, it is too hot for your child’s bare skin.
If deemed necessary by town officials, Manchester-by-the-Sea will open cooling locations for residents to seek relief during extreme heat.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also offers the following hot weather safety tips for pet owners:
- Make sure pets have a supply of fresh, clean water to drink at all times.
- Watch for signs that your pet is overheating, which include panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, collapse, seizures, bloody diarrhea, vomit or elevated body temperatures.
- Owners of flat-faced pets like pugs or persian cats, elderly animals and animals suffering from heart or lung diseases should make sure their pet is in air-conditioned, cool rooms as much as possible to avoid heat stroke.
- It is illegal to leave an animal inside a motor vehicle in the state of Massachusetts in extreme heat or cold. Never leave a pet in a parked car.
- Do not shave your dog or cat — their fur protects them from overheating and sunburn. Trimming fur is fine, however.
- On hot days, don’t let pets step on hot asphalt. Not only can the animal burn its paws, but it can overheat quickly.