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Chesterfield County sheriff deputies prepare for heat with seniors checks

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Temperatures nearing the triple digits are hard enough, but they're especially hard on seniors and your pet.

"I can't do anything about it so I might as well not think about it," Julia Salmon said.

For the last 12 years, Salmon has been part of the county's Senior In Touch Program, which puts deputies with the Sheriff's department "in touch" with seniors who live alone and don't have family to rely on.

"Our deputies are out meeting with our seniors to making sure they have plenty of water, making sure the air conditioning is working if they don't have AC they are checking on their fan," Deputy Rodney Phillips said.

Another major concern with scorching temperatures is your pets. Robert Leinberger with Chesterfield animal control says don't leave them in cars.

Even a few minutes inside can be dangerous, even deadly.

"It's quite literally an oven inside that vehicle. So where it may be 90 degrees outside, add another 20, 30 possible 40 degrees to the inside of the vehicle and you get a rough idea," said Robert Leinberger.

Leinberger also says to keep your pets in cool places like a shaded area or inside your home. Its also best to keep plenty of water for your pet to drink on hand.

As for Salmon, with everything at her home in working order she plans on staying inside, forever thankful for the deputies who keep a close watch on her.

If you would like to sign up for Chesterfield's Senior In Touch Program, you can do so by calling the Chesterfield County Sheriff's office at 804-717-6266

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