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Don't let the heat get you

Staff Writer
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Bethany Powell (left), 12, and her sister Grace, 13, cool off on a slide at home in North Augusta.

Everyone talks about the weather, and despite what you've heard, you can do something about it -- especially with temperatures near 100 degrees.

REMEMBER PETS

Signs of heat exhaustion in a dog include heavy panting, a distressed or anxious look and weakness, veterinarian Mark Tribby said. If pet owners see such symptoms, they should take the animal to the nearest veterinarian immediately, he said.

To avoid heat-related illnesses in animals, Dr. Tribby said owners should provide fresh water and shade for their pet and avoid outdoor activity.

REMEMBER YOUR RIDE

Broken car air-conditioners, overheating and battery failures are other summertime problems that can be avoided with proper maintenance, automotive experts said.

"The heat doesn't necessarily cause any of those problems. They are just brought to light in a much quicker fashion," said Eddie Butler, the owner of Butler Automotive Service.

where you work

People working outdoors face an increased risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health's Web site, the worker should drink 5 to 7 ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes.

Ice vending machines, called Ice Houses, receive half of their business from outside workers filling coolers, said Chip Prince, the operations manager for four Ice House locations in Aiken County.

WHERE YOU LIVE

Hot weather can cause air-conditioning units to run continuously and some can stop working, said LeeRoy Taylor, the service manager at Gold Mech Services Heating and Air. Instead of continuing to run the air when the unit is failing, he recommends calling for service when first noticing problems.

-- Meg Mirshak, staff writer

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