Keeping Your Family Safe In The Heat

Texas Heat

Summer has officially kicked in, and as you know in Texas this means sweltering, humid, and dehydrating heat. As you and your families spend time outside or plan for trips, remember a few things, and don’t forget about the pets!

Texas Summers are hot. It’s just the way it is here as you know all too well. The American Red Cross has some great reminders and checklists for staying safe during heat waves.


Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes. This includes the temperate and the heat index which are different. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined. Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you are including home, work and school. Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight, as they are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help. Should you be without air conditioning, be aware of places you could go to for relief from the heat (schools, libraries, theaters, malls). Don’t forget about the pets! Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.


  • Listen to critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Eat frequent small meals.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Never work alone when working in excessive heat., and take frequent breaks.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Check on animals frequently


First Aid Kit

The American Red Cross has a great list for first aid kits you can put together yourself.
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches) ·  5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers







And don’t forget about the pets!


Pet Supplies

  • Pet food
  • Bottled water
  • Medications
  • Veterinary records
  • Cat litter/pan
  • Manual can opener
  • Food dishes
  • First aid kit and other supplies

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