It’s no secret that Texas summers are H-O-T! It’s around this time of year that many of our couriers are recommending temperature controlled shipping for items that normally don’t require such things. Ambient items such as technology, shelf products, and furniture will begin to require temperature controlled vehicles, as to not become damaged during transport in the hot Texas summer.
Refrigerated vehicles are required just to keep the cargo stable! Shipping containers are generally made of steel. When it’s in the low 90s outside (which is a mild summer day here in DFW), it can be easily 30% warmer inside the container. That means it can be 120 degrees inside the container holding your cargo.
Thankfully, Dallas Courier offers temperature controlled shipping all throughout the summer. Whether you need frozen, refrigerated, or ambient temperatures (or maybe all three), Dallas Courier has the right vehicle for the job. Twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week, Dallas Courier is on the job keeping your important cargo safe.
That’s not the only important cargo you need to consider this summer, though. Our pets are some of our favorite companions, but summertime can be an incredibly dangerous season for them.
Here are some hot tips for keeping your pets safe this summer.
- Watch for dehydration- If you’re thirsty, your pet is thirsty. Always provide shade and water, and if you notice your pet panting heavily, drooling excessively, or vomiting, it could be signs of heat stroke.
- Never leave your pet in the car- Cracking the windows won’t cut it. Remember, we said the inside of a shipping container can be 30% hotter than ambient temperature. Your pet could succumb in minutes to the heat. We love our trucks in Texas, but don’t leave your pet in the bed of the truck, either. Direct exposure to sunlight without water could cause heat stroke quickly.
- Don’t shave them- It seems like getting rid of some of the hair would keep them cooler, but that’s not the way pet fur works. It’s designed to be self-cooling. So keep up on the trips to the groomer, but don’t take the buzzers into your own hands.
- Keep their paws cool- Our feet are protected on hot days by shoes, but your pet’s paws are sensitive and can burn if they’re exposed to hot cement. In less severe cases, the hot cement can increase their body temperature quickly, leading to overheating.
- Watch them around water- Some pets are excellent swimmers. Others…not so much. If you’re on the lake, consider a life vest for your pet. Otherwise, be diligent about watching out for them around the water.
- Beware of chemicals- Fertilizer, insecticides, citronella candles, and sunscreen are just a few interesting items for pets that can cause serious health issues. If you think your pet has ingested a poisonous substance, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
- Don’t share your treats- Texas barbeques are a human’s delight, but they can cause serious problems for pets. Many of our favorite poolside foods can cause digestive ailments in animals. Alcoholic beverages can even kill your pets. If you must share, stick to carrots and apples.
When it comes to surviving the Texas summer, Dallas Courier has your products covered. Contact us any time of day or night to get started. Once you hand off your deliveries to us, you can focus on those who matter most to you- including your furry friends. Have happy and safe summer, North Texas!