Summer Pet Safety
Pets are susceptible to summer heat. Signs that your pet is over heated include excessive panting, increased heart rate and weakness. Make sure they have access to fresh water, shade and air conditioning. Get your pet to a veterinarian if it has become lethargic or unconscious.
Do not leave your pet in a car during high temperatures. A vehicle interior can reach 100+ degrees in 10 minutes when the outside temperature is 85 degrees, even with the windows cracked.
Insecticides, insect repellents, sunscreen, and citronella products are toxic to animals. Human foods such as grapes, avocados, onion, and chocolate can also be toxic.
Keep pets away from from BBQ grills and camp fires to avoid accidental burns.
For more pet safety information visit ASPCA.org.
Summer Heat Tips
It’s the time of year that we spend time outside in the sun. To avoid heat related issues, avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day (11 am-3 pm).
To help avoid heat related illness drink lots of fluids and avoid alcohol; wear loose fitting, light-weight clothing; wear sunscreen and reapply regularly; and pace yourself if do you need to be outdoors working.
If you feel light headed or are experience cramping, sit or lie down in the shade and drink cool water or a sports drink. Seek medical attention if you have a cardiac history, or cramps or symptoms do not go away in an hour.
Safety Data Sheets
When working in a lab, it's important to become familiar with the chemicals you work with before you start conducting your experiment. A good source of important safety information is the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and the container label.
Use the SDS to find information on first aid measures, handling and storage procedures, waste disposal, regulatory information and more. The manufacturer of the chemical must provide you with the SDS.