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Things to consider during extreme heat

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Even by Valley standards, it's going to get really hot around here.

Here are a few things to consider when temperatures get into that 115-degree plus range.

  • Garden hose: the water in it can be rather hot for the first few seconds after turning it on.
  • Your pets: besides keeping them inside, well hydrated, and in the shade, do a touch test before allowing them outside. Put your hand on the concrete or asphalt; if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your pet.
  • Air conditioners: systems struggle when temperatures exceed 110 degrees. The best advice is to "set it and forget it." Set the thermostat on your desired temperature, then leave it there whether you are home or not. Otherwise, the system will have to work much harder in the long run to cool the house down.
  • Tires: have two natural enemies; heat and neglect. Make sure to keep the proper tire pressure and inspect your tires. Check tire pressure when they're cold, as every 10 degrees of outdoor heat adds one pound of tire pressure.
  • Engine coolant: make sure the coolant is full (check only when car is cold) and that the fans are operating correctly.

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