Metro Health: Cleo Garcia, [email protected]
Animal Care Services: Lisa Norwood, [email protected]
Bexar County: Monica Ramos, 210-289-5751; [email protected]
CPS Energy: Dana Sotoodeh, 210-353-2344; [email protected]
SAWS: Anne Kenny Hayden 210-823-0194; [email protected]
VIA: Lorraine Pulido, 210-410-6699, [email protected]
SAN ANTONIO (June 4, 2022) – Due to heat indices expected to reach over 100 degrees this weekend and through next week, the city of San Antonio has opened cooling centers to relieve the heat.
As a reminder, adults, 65 and over; children four years and under; and people with existing medical conditions, such as heart disease and those without access to air conditioning, are at greater risk on days with high temperatures and heat indices.
Drinking plenty of water and protecting yourself from the sun are essential precautions. Additionally, people should call and check on neighbors who may be at high risk and ensure access to heat relief and hydration.
Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible health effects. Warning signs of heatstroke include red, hot, clammy or dry skin, no sweating, strong and rapid pulse or slow and weak pulse, nausea, confusion, or strange behavior. If a child shows any of these signs, cool them quickly with cool water (not an ice bath) and immediately call 911 or your local emergency number.
Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet trapped in a hot car or the back of a truck, take action immediately. Write down the description of the car, including its license plate number, and call 911. If the situation involves an animal, call Animal Care Services at 311. As per city ordinance, police and officers animal welfare authorities have the right to break a car window if a child or an animal is in danger inside a vehicle.
The City of San Antonio has opened cooling centers accessible to the public during regular business hours. Community members can visit the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management Websites for a map and list of cooling centers.
ANIMAL CARE SERVICES
People who leave animals in vehicles could face animal cruelty charges if their animal suffers injury or death. Animal Care Services urges residents to exercise the utmost caution with pets outdoors. High outside temperatures can easily put pets at risk of overheating. Here are some tips to help pets beat the heat:
- Fresh water and shelter should always be available.
- Shade isn’t just a good idea for outdoor pets. It’s the law. So is access to fresh water and shelter beyond the shade available all day. Chain attachments are not permitted.
- Pets most at risk of overheating are young, old, or overweight pets, those with short muzzles, or those with thick or dark-colored coats.
- A shaded parking space offers little or no protection on a sunny day and cracking the window “a little” does very little to reduce the temperature inside a parked car. It only takes ten minutes inside a car to reach 102 degrees on an average 85 degree day and in thirty minutes that temperature can reach 120 degrees or more.
- It is illegal for dogs to ride unsafely in the back of trucks and these animals face the same risks of heatstroke as animals locked in cars, in addition to the threat of burnt paws and accidental falls during the ride. transportation.
- Symptoms of heat stress include excessive thirst, heavy panting, glassy eyes, vomiting, restlessness, lethargy, fever, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, profuse drooling or salivation, and loss of consciousness .
- If an animal shows signs of heat stress, gradually lower its body temperature and take it to the vet immediately.
- Be careful of your pets around water – most animals are not natural swimmers and any animal can tire and drown easily.
The Bexar County Fire Marshal reminds residents that the county remains under a burn ban. Outdoor burning is not recommended at all. With dry winds forecast throughout the weekend, a single spark can ignite a grass fire. All residents are reminded to be diligent and careful to avoid any activity that could start a fire.
Be sure to pay attention not only to your pets, but also to your livestock. For more information on protecting cattle, horses, pigs and other farm animals from extreme temperatures, please visit www.bexar.org for information.
CPS Energy is closely monitoring the anticipated high power demand due to high temperatures and reminds customers that they can save energy and money on their utility bills by following the tips that can be found on the Energy Saving Tips Web Page. Additionally, to stay informed, customers are encouraged to subscribe to Energy alerts or call (210) 353-2222 to provide their emergency contact information so the utility can reach them in an emergency.
While the expected high temperatures will not affect indoor water service, Stage 2 outdoor watering rules are in place due to Edwards Aquifer levels. Watering outdoors during the week is only permitted between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. and between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the designated day. Watering with a hand hose is always allowed at any time of the day. More information is available at www.saws.org/stage2.
VIA METROPOLITAN TRANSPORT
VIA is offering free rides to and from cooling centers as long as they remain open.
Residents can also contact the National Weather Service for the latest weather conditions while visiting. www.weather.gov/sanantonio for the current hourly weather.