Ready or not....summer is here, and as temperatures rise it is very important to remember heat safety tips.
If you don't remember a thing, please remember that during the summer, water is your best friend! It is fairly easy to become dehydrated when being outdoors. Just taking a water break can prevent dehydration and heat-related illnesses.
Beat the Heat
Heat-related illness occurs when the body overheats and has lost too much fluid. Taking extra safety precautions before leaving your home is vital for families.
Wear Sunscreen: If you are planning to be outdoors, apply sunscreen before leaving your home. Sunscreen protects your skin from sunburns and blisters.
Staying Cool: Finding a nice shaded area, staying inside, or even just taking a break from the heat. All these tips will help your body remain cool while you are outdoors.
Avoid Hot Vehicles: Imagine it is 86 degrees outside, but in your vehicle, it can rise to nearly 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. Leaving children or pets inside a car in the summer, even for just a few minutes, can be dangerous.
Heat Alerts: Check for local heat advisories and warnings daily.
Signs of Heat Exhaustion: Know the signs of heat-related illness and how to treat in the case of an emergency.
Feeling weak, tired and/ or nauseous
Pale or flushed skin
Fainting or Vomiting
Sweaty or high body temperature
If you or someone you know are experiencing any of these symptoms, cool down the body immediately.
Suggested Heat Safety Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- Make Summer Safe for Kids
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- About Extreme Heat
HealthyChildren.Org -- Summer Safety Tips: Staying Safe Outdoors