Beat The Heat
Ten minutes. That's all it takes to get a sunburn.
Ten minutes, and the inside of your car can get well over a hundred degrees inside.
Whether it's you, your kids, or your pet -- sun exposure and time spent in the heat can present problems that are easy to prevent.
And even those who seek the shade, like Gainesville resident Mabel Coon, still feel the high temperatures.
"I know what summer should feel like, and it's hotter this year," Coon said. "It's hotter sooner than usual," Coon said.
Steven Yucht, an ER doctor at Shands AGH, says sunscreen and lots of water are essential to weathering the heat.
"If you wait for the symptoms, things like nausea, then you're already way behind the game," Yucht said.
Those symptoms develop faster in children left in cars. It's already happened this year. In early April and 8-month-old girl died when both parents left her in a hot car.
The same goes for pets. Dogs and cats need protection, too. Take it from Kirk Eppenstein, of the Alachua County Humane Society. He says just 10 minutes in a hot car can be deadly for your pet.
"Dogs and cats don't sweat the way you and I do," Eppenstein said. "They are much more susceptible to the heat."
Eppenstein also recommends early morning or evening walks to prevent damage to your dog's paws from exposure to hot surfaces.
So, whether it's a pet, a work out, or a day at the park, remember to keep cool because...
"It's gonna get hotter," Coon said. "I really believe it's gonna get hotter."
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