Halloween Safety and Tips

Halloween is a hauntingly exciting time of year where families and friends dress up in costumes to celebrate the occasion. Though Halloween can be a fun night, it can also be dangerous. For kids and teenagers, trick-or-treating is the highlight of Halloween. For others, throwing costume parties and celebrating with friends are more their vibe. Subsequently, Halloween can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year. Not only are there more drunk drivers on the road, upwards of 40 million children and families take to the streets to go trick-or-treating.

Enjoy a safe and spooky Halloween by following these tips:

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Costumes

Costumes are a great way to celebrate Halloween and unleash your inner undead or supernatural self. However, there are plenty of safety precautions that should be considered before dawning your cape or space helmet.

  1. Plan costumes that are bright or reflective. It’s important to make sure that children are visible at night, especially while trick-or-treating in dimly lit areas. Give your child a flashlight to carry to light their way and make them easy to spot in the dark. Consider adding a reflective strip to their costume to add an extra layer of visibility.
  2. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent a tripping hazard.
  3. Look for flame resistant materials. Your child should always be supervised by an adult when lighting jack-o-lanterns. Additionally, make sure they’re wearing a costume made of flame-resistant materials in case they ever come into contact with one.
  4. Consider non-toxic makeup. Makeup can often be the finishing touch for any costume. If they are going to dawn face painting or makeup, make sure it’s non-toxic and safe for skin. Also, do a test patch on a small patch of skin to watch for any allergic reactions.
  5. Hats and masks should fit properly to prevent them from slipping downwards and obscuring vision.
  6. Avoid any sharp objects such as swords, canes, sticks, etc. These objects could injure your child or another person.
  7. Do not use cosmetic contact lenses without a proper eye examination or proper understanding of safe usage. Cosmetic contact lenses could potentially cause damage to your child’s eyes or eyesight. Improper use and hygiene could potentially lead to eye infections or physical damage to the eyes.
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Pumpkins

Symbolically, pumpkins represent rebirth, fertility, and the harvest of crops. For those who go trick-or-treating, a glowing jack-o-lantern is a symbol that those who live there want a visit. Pumpkins are the most prominent symbol of Halloween and carving one can be fun for the entire family.

  1. Never allow small children to carve pumpkins while unsupervised. Often times, pumpkin carving tools have sharp edges that could easily lead to injuries. Children should always be supervised while carving pumpkins, especially when lighting them.
  2. Consider using a battery powered candle to flashlight to light your pumpkin.
  3. Do not place candlelit pumpkins near flammable objects or near visitors.

At Home

  1. Remove any tripping hazards. Additionally, remove heavy objects which could get pushed over and injure a visitor.
  2. Check outdoor lights and make sure that walkways are well lit and visible.
  3. Sweep wet leaves and remove foliage that visitors may slip on.
  4. Restrain pets and keep them in an area where they cannot escape. Some pets are extremely anxious, so consider having a friend or family member stay with them during trick-or-treating hours.

Trick-or-Treating

  1. Always accompany small children when they’re trick-or-tricking.
  2. Never go into a home or vehicle to receive candy.
  3. Make sure your children understand what to do in emergency situations. Rehearse calling 911 or other emergency contacts in case anything happens.
  4. Teach your children how to reduce pedestrian injuries. Always look both ways before crossing the street and make sure they wait for an adult before crossing. Add an extra layer of protection by making sure your child is visible and is carrying a flashlight.

Preventing Catalytic Converter Theft

The nation has seen the numbers of catalytic converter theft skyrocket within the past 12 months. From July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, claims filed for catalytic converter theft grew by nearly 300% nationwide as compared to the year prior. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that catalytic converter thefts have seen a significant increase since the beginning of the global pandemic, March of 2020. The trend is climbing in 2021, leaving both individual car owners, fleet owners, and car dealerships on their toes.

In just moments, thieves stole 20 catalytic converters from a Mitsubishi dealership in La Porte, Texas. Countless of homeowners claimed that catalytic converters were stolen from right in front of their homes across the nation. Often times, the cars were in plain view of their front doors and windows, or even parking in their own driveways.

Why are Catalytic Converters Being Stolen at an Alarming Rate?

The clearest answer is due to the amount of precious metals used in the manufacturing of catalytic converters. They contain metals like platinum, palladium and rhodium. As of writing this article, platinum is worth $977.00 per ounce. That’s right, per ounce. Palladium is worth $2,428.00 per ounce, and rhodium goes for $16,250.00 per ounce. So which cars have the most catalytic converters stolen? Hybrids, like the Toyota Prius, are most often targeted because their converters contain the largest amount of precious metals. Additionally, they use less combustion meaning their converters retain those precious metals for a longer period of time. Full-size SUVs and trucks are also frequent targets because of the size of their converters and the fact that they’re easier to crawl under without the use of jacks.

Because of how expensive catalytic converters are, thieves sell them to scrap yards for several hundred dollars per piece. On the other hand, victims of converter thefts are left paying a hefty fee to replace them for these same reasons. What makes things worse is that in some states their vehicles aren’t street legal without a catalytic converter in place.

Symptoms of Catalytic Converter Theft

You may not be able to tell your cat was stolen just by looking at your car without jacking it up. However, you’ll know as soon as you start the engine. When the converter is missing, your car will make a loud roaring sound that gets louder as you press the gas pedal. Since the exhaust isn’t working properly, the vehicle also drives rougher than usual, often sputtering and spitting as you change speed. Visibly, you’ll notice a large gap in your exhaust and other signs of it being cut away.

Preventing Catalytic Converter Theft

Always park your vehicle in a well-lit area or in your personal garage, if possible. Thieves tend to prey on easier opportunities and will often pass-by high-risk targets. Park close to a building entrance or by a well-populated area since there is usually an increase in foot traffic. Calibrate your car’s security system so that vibrations will trigger an alarm.

If you live in an HOA or an apartment complex, urge your property manager to hire private security. Most of the time, the simple presence of a security guard is enough to deter crime and theft. You can also rally your neighbors to pitch in for private security services to patrol your neighborhood.

Many car owners are taking the steps to etch or engrave their vehicle’s VIN numbers onto their converters. In addition to this, many companies, like Cat Shield, Cat Security, and Cat Clamp, offer catalytic converter protection plates. The plates are often made of sturdy material and can be installed by a local mechanic in a short amount of time. This small step can help save drivers a ton of money down the road.

Signs of a Potential Shoplifter

Shop owners and store managers already have their hands full when running a retail establishment. The safety and security of their staff, shoppers and merchandise are always a top concern when running a smooth operation. The National Retail Federation reports that inventory shrink accounts for nearly $4.86 Billion in losses every year. Retail spaces, small and large, report that they’ve seen an increase in theft and shoplifting. Despite this, there are a number of things shop owners and store managers can do to reduce shoplifting in their stores.

Some stores train their staff to identify potential shoplifters, or at least individuals who display abnormal behavior. Loss prevention units are especially trained in watching shoppers to reduce to loss of merchandise and store profits. There is no such thing as a typical look of a shoplifter. Additionally, people of all backgrounds regardless of race, gender, age, etc. have been caught shoplifting. Here are some things you can watch out for when surveying shoppers in your establishment:

Displaying Avoidance Behaviors

It’s important to be able to recognize certain behaviors and body language of a potential thief. When a shopper is particularly being aloof and avoids making eye contact with other people, that can be a cause of concern. Look for customers who avoid other shoppers, especially staff members. Some shoplifters may even spend a considerable amount of time in an obscure part of the store where they can be left alone.

Wearing Large or Multiple Layers of Clothing

Wearing large or more clothing than is appropriate for the weather may also be a cause for concern. Large coats and jackets can conceal stolen goods and merchandise without making it appear obvious to an untrained eye. Some shoplifters will even go as far as wearing layers of stolen clothing while in fitting rooms so that they aren’t carrying it out the store. Be on the lookout for bulky jackets, coats, or hoodies that can easily hide merchandise.

Carrying Large or Multiple Bags

Although carrying shopping bags are typical of shoppers, be wary of individuals carrying rather large, seemingly empty bags. Also be on the look out for shoppers carrying backpacks, large purses or tote bags, beach bags, luggage, or duffle bags.

Pay Frequent Visits to the Store

Seasoned shoplifters will visit a location multiple times before finally returning to steal or shoplift their targeted items. Before doing so, they may appear to wander or look around for potential targets to steal. Many consider this activity as scoping or casing an area before returning, often when an accomplice, to commit theft.

Casing an area doesn’t necessarily always happen in-store either. Often times, thieves will case the outside of a building to look for vulnerabilities in security, and ideal points of break-in. We have another article detailing ways thieves can break into a retail establishment and how to reduce the chances of it.

Distracting Behaviors

Many shoplifters will distract store clerks to make it easier for someone else to steal. This is more often done in smaller retail spaces, and usually those without a security camera system in place. You’ve probably seen videos online of an accomplice occupying a cashier while an accomplice ventures to the opposite end of the store to shoplift. Beware of individuals who come in together then split up once inside the store.

Making a Fast Exit

Most shoplifters won’t hang around after they’ve stolen something. They’ll quickly bolt towards the exit without so much as making eye contact. Some may attempt to conceal their identity by pulling up their hood or scarf. There are videos circulating the internet of brazen thieves quickly leaving establishments while carrying piles of merchandise. However, most other shoplifters are discreet in their crimes as they life to draw as little attention to themselves as possible.

Beware of Carts and Strollers

As surprising as it may be to some, some shoplifters are caught pushing strollers and carts. Most strollers have storage compartments where moms can keep their bags and other belongings. These are easy containers for stolen merchandise as most wouldn’t assume a mother to steal. Some thieves were even caught pushing empty strollers to throw off the unsuspecting store clerk.

Hire Security

Many stores and retail establishments are hiring private security guards to stand watch at their store entrances. Most of the time the presence of a security guard is enough to deter would-be thieves and shoplifters from stealing merchandise. Other times, they may even intervene of the guard witnesses the criminal committing the act of shoplifting.

New Mask Mandate Calls for Extra Security

New mask mandates means more security needed. Government officials in California are mandating that individuals return to wearing masks regardless of vaccination status. As infection rates rise, more counties will require that masks are worn in stores, restaurants, movie theaters, offices, and many other indoor activities.

Hiring Security

Judging from the behavior of some individuals when previous mask mandates were in place, many establishments have turned to increasing security. Some of the security services they’re looking for includes the following:

  • Temperature checks
  • Asking visitors if they’ve experienced fever, cough, or any Covid-19 related symptoms.
  • Asking that visitors wear masks the entire time they’re in an establishment

Healthcare facilities requires all visitors to wash their hands prior to entering. Otherwise, the guard may ask them to vacate the property.

A number of incidents, with some turning violent, took place during mask mandates. The Federal Aviation Administration states that roughly 2,200 reported incidents involved passengers who would not comply with the federal mask mandate. Recently, an incident at Disneyworld took place where a man assaulted a security personnel for enforcing their face covering policy. In Georgia, a dispute relating to a mask mandate left 1 employee dead and 2 others injured. The incident broke out after a customer and store clerk argued about a face covering.

These are only a few of many incidents that took place surrounding mask mandates across the country. Security Officers are typically trained in de-escalation tactics. Usually a verbal interaction is all that is needed. If that doesn’t work and the individual becomes physical or violent, then the guard is trained to use reasonable force and contact local law enforcement.

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Likewise, as more employees return to working from home, many companies are hiring security to secure their now-vacant property. Empty buildings become targets for squatters and opportunists looking for an easy robbery.

Why You Need Parking Security

Parking lots and parking garages are often scenes to crime including vehicle theft and vandalism. They’re easy targets due to their relatively low visibility, lack of security, and their tendency to become chaotic. Parking lots of every size and location are potentially at risk for crimes. This includes apartment complexes, shopping centers, airports, train stations, etc. It’s generally a good idea to hire security to monitor parking areas. Having a secure, organized, and well-lit parking area will keep things safe and in order.

A large amount of catalytic converters are being stolen from vehicles and the numbers are only increasing. They contain valuable precious metals such as rhodium, platinum, and palladium, thus making them a prime target for thieves.

Assess the Risks

Owners and property managers should walk through their parking areas to clearly assess security risks and hazards. Document the layout of the parking lot to identify its security strengths and weaknesses. Are there any areas hidden from view? Is the parking lot well-lit? Do you need to install cameras? Are you aware of who comes and goes from your parking lot? Subsequently, these questions help you understand where you’d place security features. These can include cameras, security patrol services, or extra lighting.

Lighting

One of the most affordable and effective options for security is lighting. Increasing visibility and lighting helps drivers and pedestrians see while minimizing hiding places for criminals. Shadows and dark areas increase the likelihood of crimes taking place. Having the right amount of lighting and spacing is important to reduce the amount of shadows on the property. Also, the spacing in lighting plays an important role in minimizing shadowy areas.

Don’t forget to illuminate the side of buildings, walkways, and the dumpster area. Customers and employees alike should feel safe while walking to their cars at night.

Landscaping

Invest in smart landscaping designs that work well with your lighting system. Avoid having large amounts of large trees and dense shrubs as these can provide easy hiding places. Instead, invest in landscaping that deters criminals. Don’t forget, maintenance and care also play an important role in security. Trim bushes and trees to reduce invisible areas. Additionally, clean up loose leaves and trimmings to reduce tripping hazards. These also have a tendency to clog drains which could lead to other problems.

Signage

Installing signage around the parking lot may help change the behavior of would-be criminals. Similar to the way home security signs serve to deter thieves, having signs stating that a security guard is on duty could serve a similar purpose. For example, posting a sign stating that a security guard is on duty would most likely make a thief or criminal think twice. If you’re having issues with drivers speeding through your lot, posting signs indicating to slow down could potentially save lives.

Security Gates

Installing a security gate at the entrance and exit of your parking lot or parking garage could add an extra layer of security to your property. Some properties use access control systems where a badge or card is required for entry. Station a guard at the access point to screen cars as they enter and leave the parking lot. Parking lot gates can issue temporary parking permits to keep track of who comes and goes from the property. Also, you can designate parking spaces outside of the gate for visitors to keep potential threats at bay.

Security Patrol

Hiring a security to patrol your parking lot is a great way to get a handle on security. A security guard can react and respond to threats in-person or provide critical reports when an incident occurs. They’ll typically patrol the entire parking lot area during the designated time of service. Additionally, they can escort staff and employees to and from the building as needed. Many companies advise having a security guard on-site rather than a roving patrol since anything can happen to the property in between visits. The private security company can also accommodate your changing needs or customize a security protocol according to security changes. You can hire a person stationed at the parking lot and another to monitor CCTV.

Employee Termination Services

Employee termination security helps your HR team or business terminate an employee who is a high-risk termination. This lowers, or possibly eliminate, the chance that any dangerous incidents will occur. Subsequently, this can make a world of difference. They can stop any dangers while protecting other employees and staff from physical, mental, and emotional health.

This year, the city of San Jose experienced a mass casualty event where a disgruntled employee became an active shooter after losing his job. The event blind-sided the company and plunged the area into turmoil, fear, and sadness.

A security guard will observe the individual being fired while evaluating any issues that employers may miss. They help the process go smoothly, without violence, and safely escort the employee off the property. During the termination, a security guard will keep gawkers at bay to maintain confidentiality. Many companies keep security services for a period of time after the termination to keep the employee from returning. A security guard is trained in how to handle active shooters, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism awareness.

A disgruntled worker could potentially be destructive or steal company property on their way out. To mitigate this, a guard can remain on-site to ensure that property, employees, and managers remain safe afterwards.

When to Hire Security for Termination?

  1. Large-scale layoffs
  2. Hostile terminations
  3. Any situation where an employee becomes disgruntled
  4. HR issues involving liability

Signs of a Disgruntled Employee

  • Decreased motivation or involvement with other employees
  • Tardiness
  • Excessive breaks
  • Negative demeanor or attitude
  • Pursuit of other work
  • Unreasonable complaints about the job
  • Negative feedback from coworkers
  • Verbal abuse
  • Strained relationships at the workplace
  • Comments about violence or violent acts
  • Increased personal life or financial issues

Causes of Employees Becoming Disgruntled

  1. Being treated disrespectfully. If an employee is already having problems, being treated poorly could potentially worsen the attitude of the employee.
  2. Lack of recognition. Unsurprisingly, employees may become discontent due to lack of recognition, especially if employees are constantly reprimanded without praise.
  3. Working in an toxic environment. An environment that propagates favoritism or unfair treatment could worsen morale and feelings towards the company. Also, adults facing bullying at the workplace could manifest resentment or even workplace violence.
  4. Receiving poor performance reviews. This is the time when many employees are expecting raises, promotions, or bonuses. If an employee was expecting new benefits but receives a poor performance review, that employee may become disgruntled.
  5. Feeling stuck in a position. If an employee is constantly overlooked or disregarded for a promotion or praise, they may become resentful or disgruntled.
  6. Experiencing domestic issues. Domestic issues not only refers to marital or familial issues, they can relate to personal health, financial, social, or other issues.

Hiring security during a high-risk termination could be the difference between a smooth transition or violence. The added benefits of having security on-hand is that safety and wellness of the general workforce. Subsequently, every level of employees, from management to entry level, will have the peace of mind of feeling safe. The security service can work late into the night to ensure the employee doesn’t return to damage property or threaten the workforce.

How to Protect Your Business During a Protest

Peaceful protests are the norm and usually never escalate to anything but. However, when tension escalate, small businesses, shoppers, and staff get caught in the cross hairs of angry protesters. What can follow is looting, property damage, and possible injuries to bystanders. Business owners want to keep their property, patrons, employees, and themselves safe and out of harm’s way. To accomplish this, they must be prepared in the event that a peaceful protest erupts into turmoil and chaos.

Stay Informed

A majority of the time, protest organizers are required to get a permit before demonstrating publicly. They also advertise those event to gain traction and increase the number of attendees. Most, if not all, use social media or the internet in general as a mans to spread awareness about the event. Some organizers spread flyers and poster to announce when and where a demonstration will take place. Keep up to date on local events to being preparing ahead of time. If you aren’t able to stay informed, you can pre-emptively prepare by gathering tools and materials ahead of time.

Reduce Building Weaknesses and Vulnerabilities

It’s important to determine what makes your storefront the most vulnerable. A few examples include:

  • Large windows
  • Glass doors
  • Absence of gates
  • Back or side doors
  • Flammable materials
  • Sprinkler or fire systems

Invest in a good alarm and camera system. Cameras will capture illegal activities as they take place. They may also serve as evidence should the store owner choose to take legal actions against looters.

Keep plywood boards on hand to cover windows of glass doors to restrict access. Better yet, install metal bars and grills as they are more secure and aren’t flammable.

Hire a Security Guard

A security guard (or officer) will have a presence that will make rioters and looters think twice before entering a property. An armed guard will add an extra layer of protection to the store and it’s inhabitants. Customers may also feel safer with a guard on duty.

Close Up Shop

If you are aware of an upcoming demonstration, and are fearful of it escalating, consider closing shop for the day. Move or store your most valuable merchandise and cash in a separate location until things die down. You can also adjust your store hours to minimize the risk of loss or injury.

Post signs on your store front that cash and other merchandise have been removed from the property.

Call the Police

If trespassers won’t leave the property, call the police. A police officer has legal authority to remove trespassers from your property.

Review Your Insurance Policy

Make sure your insurance policy includes coverage for property damage incurred during a protest. Meet with your insurance agent to verify this information. You may be able to take legal actin if video footage reveals the identity of the looters.

Fire Watch Services

What is Fire Watch?

Fire Watch is a service where a trained professional patrols buildings and properties to identify fire hazards. They inspect and prevent fires by performing regular rounds and patrols. A fire watch professional can provide guidance to businesses who may have issues with their current fire systems. Fire watch professionals are trained to alert the fire department and building occupants in the event of fire. Their objective is to prevent a fire from starting and to extinguish small fires if it is safe to do so.

What are fire watch duties?

  • The fire watch professional should be familiar with the building or property and its procedures for sounding an alarm to occupants of a fire. They will also alert the fire service in the event of a fire.
  • The person must regularly tour the entire building. They are to check exit doors, access doors, and corridors periodically for proper operation and obstructions. Additionally, they must immediately log each patrol into their fire watch log.
  • A fire watch professional will have readily available fire extinguishing equipment and be trained in its use
  • If fire or smoke conditions are discovered, they will alert all building occupants by sounding an alarm
  • Once a fire breaks out, the fire watch professional will notify fire authorities in the event of a fire
  • The fire watch professional will await emergency response once the building or property is evacuated. They’re trained to not allow anyone to re-enter the building until it is deemed safe to do so.
  • When the fire protection system is restored, the fire watch professional must call the monitoring station and advise them to put the system back online.

What Security Guards Can and Can’t Do

Businesses small and large will hire private security for a multitude of reasons. Some reasons include deterring threats and crimes, while others may include to deter trespassing and burglary. Individuals may even hire security guards to maintain peace at a special event or hire them to safeguard their homes. Whatever the reason may be, there are things that security guards can and can’t legally do.

Where Does a Security Guard Get Their Authorization?

In the general sense, a private security officer has no more legal rights than an average citizen. This can change depending on the level of their authorized power.

  1. Private security officers limited to citizen powers
  2. Security guards who have special authorized power by their local governing institutions
  3. Security officers who are also law enforcement officers

So What Can They Do?

Remember, security officers are NOT police officers. Security Officers are employed by a private security company and are contracted out to client properties. They cannot impersonate a police officer or say that they have the same legal rights at one.

  1. A security guard can make a citizen’s arrest, however, this only applies if their grounds of suspicion are reasonable and valid. The situation must meet certain legal requirements. If not, the citizen can press charges against the security guard, the private security company, and the client. The security guard can prevent an individual from fleeing after performing a criminal act though they can only do so until the police arrives.
  2. A guard can protect in the event of a person causing harm to others, themselves, or to the property.
  3. A security guard can use a level of force limited to a certain degree by law. This means that they are only acceptable when necessary.
  4. Searches can only happen with consent. If you are unconscious or not present, and the possession is unidentified, then they can search the item. Although they can’t search you if you’re suspected of shoplifting, they can detain you until the police arrives. Bag checks at private venues are also legal as attendees consent to bag checks upon entry. If an attendee refuses to have their belongings checked, then the guard is within their power to turn the attendee away.
  5. Security officers can carry weapons. However, they need to be registered and licensed to carry them. This includes batons, firearm, pepper spray, etc.

How to Prepare for Extreme Heat

Summer is quickly approaching and with that, the heat. Residents of California are more than familiar with the yearly heat and the risks that comes with it. California experienced multiple heat waves, along with wildfires, all throughout the hotter months of the year 2020. It’s important to take steps to stay safe during hot weather. Continue reading for tips on how to prepare for eminent heatwaves this year.

What are heat waves?

A heat wave is a period of unusually high temperatures for a region. They typically last for 2-3days though record show they often last longer. Heat waves usually happen when there is high pressure in the atmosphere that prevents ground air from rising. The sinking air acts likes a cap which traps hot ground air in place. Young children, the elderly, individuals with illnesses, and pets are especially vulnerable to high heat.

Heat-related deaths rank in as the top weather-related killer. More than lightning, tornados, and hurricanes combined. It’s estimated that more than 1,300 extreme heat-related deaths occur every year. 90% of death occur during the summer months (May through September) according to the CDC. Be aware of the heat index for the dangers of combined heat and humidity.

Prepare For and Prevent Heat Wave Danger

  1. Make sure the air conditioning is installed and functional, check A/C ducts for proper insulation. Also check for any cracks or spaces in your home’s insulation for potential leaks. Upgrade weather strips around windows and doors to further seal off the house from heat.
  2. Install awning, blinds, or drapes. Keep them closed to keep sunlight and heat out. Look into installing black-out curtains as they will keep out the most amount of light compared to other drapes.
  3. Update your first-aid kit and make sure it contains all the necessary items to deal with hot weather. Don’t forget to prepare or acquire an emergency disaster kit in case the power goes out.
  4. Prepare for power outages and create a plan for yourself or your family in the event of power outages. Install a spare generator to power the A/C in the event of a power outage. Plan where to escape too if the interior of your house becomes too hot. Public areas like the library, swimming pools, etc. are excellent places to escape to.
  5. Drink plenty of water, despite your activity level or whether or not you feel thirsty. You can lose a lot of fluids by sweating alone and it’s important to replace whatever fluids you lose throughout the day.
  6. Never leave children or pets alone in the car. Besides obvious safety reasons, a car and get exponentially hot in a relatively short amount of time. With that being said, don’t leave your children or pets outside during a heatwave. Bring in all members of the family to cool off during the summer heat.
  7. Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day which is usually from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Limit the time spent outside and avoid strenuous activity if you do find yourself outside for any reason. If you are outdoors, make sure to avoid direct sunlight and cool off in the shade as much as possible.
  8. Avoid consuming diuretics and other beverages that may dehydrate you. This includes alcohol, sugary drinks, soda, coffee, energy drinks, or other caffeinated drinks.
  9. Wear loose-fitting, light, air clothing as tight clothing traps heat against your body.
  10. If you are starting to feel over-heated, cool off with a wet cloth or sponge. Make sure to carry a cold bottle of water to either pour or spritz water on yourself to avoid overheating.

Pet Safety

Don’t let your pet’s health go unnoticed during heat waves and the hotter months of the year. Make sure your pets stay cool inside and out by leaving out a bowl of water and providing ample shade. There are plenty of jackets designed to keep your pets cool by way of evaporation. Limit walks and exercise on hot days and be especially weary of hot pavements that could burn the pads of your pets’ feet.

Watch for Heatstroke

Watch for signs of heatstroke like heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, labored breathing, lethargy, fever, dizziness or lack of coordination, excessive salivating, vomiting, seizures, and a deep colored tongue and gums. Pets are especially at risk of heat stroke if they are old, overweight, not conditioned for prolonged exercise, have short muzzles, or have heart or respiratory disease. Follow guidelines set by the Humane Society for further information about avoiding heat stroke in pets.