Hot Feet! Hot Paws!

Summer has begun. I don't care if the official First Day of Summer is June 21st - in Las Vegas this week we are going to hit triple digits. It might be a myth that you can fry an egg on a hot sidewalk, but it’s a fact that you can burn your skin on one - your feet and your dog's paws.

Pavement, especially asphalt, absorbs a lot of heat. That heat mirage shimmer you see when you're driving is really a thing. On a sunny summer day, the ground can get hotter than the surrounding air — and hot enough to cause skin to burn.

A little knowledge and preparation can go a long way in preventing thermal burns during the summer. Make sure you’re always wearing adequate footwear when you go outside — even if you’re just walking down the driveway to get the mail.

And be aware of additional dangers that hot pavement poses to certain groups of people and for your pets.

A special risk for seniors

Seniors, especially those who have neurological conditions, are prone to falls. And falling becomes even more dangerous when it happens on a hot driveway, sidewalk or parking lot.

On hot pavement, even if it takes a minute or two to get up, they could be at risk for burns. We recommend that anyone with a history of falls keep a towel or blanket in their car that could be rolled underneath them to protect their skin if they fall and are unable to get up. We also recommends a car cane, which locks into the latch of a car door so that someone who needs assistance getting in or out of the vehicle doesn’t have to touch the hot exterior of the car for support. It also has a few other features- which makes it handy - but in Vegas - those car doors can get HOT!

Hot pavement can also be dangerous for people who have neuropathy. If they experience decreased sensation in their feet, they might not realize if they are stepping on a surface that’s reached an unsafe temperature. Anyone with this condition should always wear well-fitted shoes with supportive bottoms on hot and sunny days. Make sure to check your feet anytime you go outside to make sure your feet are ok.

Kids & unsuspecting surfaces

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned that children can get thermal burns from playground equipment. And it’s not just those metal slides that can heat up to dangerous temperatures — plastic and rubber equipment can burn a child’s skin, too. If you drive around many towns now the playgrounds have canopies to protect tender skin on playground equipment. We recommend doing a touch test of playground equipment to make sure it’s not too hot before letting kids play on it. Running around barefoot at the pool or beach can also be harmful to kids’ little feet, so make sure they have appropriate footwear for these occasions. Smooth Baby skin - we all want it - but for feet on hot surfaces it can be very damaging.

Your Pets

Pavement heats up quickly and gets even hotter than the air surrounding it so when it is hot outside, the ground can potentially cause burns to paw pads. Knowing when it's too hot to walk a dog or how to prevent its paws from burning is crucial in preventing burns and discomfort in your pet.

Dogs have paws that may be partially covered with fur, but they also have paw pads that lack this furry covering. There are a variety of methods to cover your dog's paw - whether they are paw pads, booties, or socks. Sometimes it really just depends on what you dog is going to let you do to them and what works for you.

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