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  • Extra hot weekend predicted; please stay inside

    Aug 14, 2015 | Read More News
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    landscaperLast year there were 271 heat-related visits to hospitals in Pima County.  Of those visits, 24 involved children and sadly, one of those children died.

    “These were 100% preventable. Living in the desert we may become indifferent to the temperature and overlook necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe,” said Dr. Francisco Garcia, Pima County Health Department Director. “If you can, avoid the extreme heat and stay inside.”

    The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Pima County and parts of southern Arizona that extends through the weekend.  Keep these important reminders in mind these next few days:

    • Never leave a child alone in a car not even for a minute and not even if windows are slightly open.
    • Do not leave your pet in the car; if you can’t take your pet in with you, then leave them at home. 
    • Hydrate. Drink plenty of water, don’t wait until you are thirsty.
    • Protect yourself.  Wear long sleeves and pants, wear wide-brimmed hats, and use sunscreen with SPF of 15 or more.
    • If possible, limit your activities outside.


    Over the past year, the Pima Animal Care Center received 30 calls regarding pets being left in hot vehicles and 12 calls regarding pets being left without water or appropriate shelter. Don’t forget to check on your pets, the summer heat is dangerous and they are counting on you to help keep them safe