There are certain things you can bet on about the next few days. Temperatures are going to be roasty toasty. The skies will be filled with sparkling bursts of fireworks. A heck of a lot of folks are going to be away for a long holiday weekend. And needless to say, Ercot is definitely not going to be taking time off.
With all these activities taking place, it’s going to be a challenge to survive for some.
For senior citizens, they’ll insist that they’re fine in the broiler conditions. But they’re also one of the most vulnerable when it comes to three-digit temperatures. One of the problems is that many are on fixed incomes and cooling systems of any size require electricity. In their mind that’s a luxury compared to food and medicine. They may think they can handle a North Texas summer like they have in the past. Don’t fall for their excuses. The Senior Source can provide utility assistance for those 60 and older. And it’s still not too late to register for an air conditioning unit or to donate to the “Beat The Heat” program. They’re at the $58,165 mark and want to hit $80,000 to provide 360 AC units.
Speaking of food for the elderly, the Visiting Nurse Association’s Meal on Wheels provides meals Monday through Friday to seniors in Dallas County. If you know of an elderly person who could use a visit, you can refer them to VNA.
Actually this one applies to all ages. While pools and lakes may seem too warm, they’re still a draw for all types of water activities and can be deadly even for the most experienced swimmer. If you’re fishing, sailing or skiing, make sure all aboard your boat wear a life jacket. Kids and pools do not mix well without adult supervision. Drowning is known as “the silent killer” for a very good reason.
Still another group that is being challenged is the four-legged type. Between the heat and the Fourth of July noises and sights, the days ahead are definitely nothing to celebrate. Unfortunately, this period is when animal rescue groups see more animals running away from home. If you’re home, keep your dog(s) and (cat(s) inside. Talk with your vet about different ways to keep them calm and whether your pet’s microchip is registered and current.
Even after the final firework is done, don’t think you can put pets in the backyard even if there is a shady spot and a bowl of water. In these potentially record-breaking temperatures, even the healthiest animal is susceptible to heat stress.
As for those walks around the block with your pooch, you might want to give it a rest for a while. Try placing your hand on the pavement and imagine how it feels for paws.
Forget those “quick errands” where you leave your pet in your car for just a second… even with the windows open.
BTW, if you’re out of town for the holiday and have a pet sitter, remind them of the extra attention that is needed during this time.
Sorry if this pre-holiday post is a Debbie Downer, but MSC wants you to have a safe, happy and healthy time with no regrets.