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Tips for keeping your kids, pets safe during extreme heat

Posted: 1:26 PM, Jun 20, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-20 20:29:30Z

With the extreme temperatures, Heat exhaustion is a real threat in the valley.

13 Action News spoke with a paramedic. He says kids will typically experience cramps when suffering from heat exhaustion. Their pulse will race. In really bad cases, they might get confused and even stop sweating.

If the heat is getting to you or your kid's medical professionals say to use ice packs to cool down. Immerse hands and forearms in cold water if you can't get into a cold bath. Also, lie down and elevate your legs to get the blood flowing to your heart.

As for pets, veterans say if your dog is experiencing heat exhaustion you will notice panting, excessive drooling, and reddened gums.

So what should you do if this happens? Veterans say spray your animal down with cold water or give them a bath.

One surprising tip, adding a pinch of salt to your dog's water bowl can help replenish the minerals they have lost.