Summer, Sun, and Safety

Summer HeatThe dog days of summer are upon us. While the warm weather allows tons of fun outdoor activities, the heat can also be deadly. Heat-related deaths are preventable, but only with the necessary precautions. With the temperatures rising every day, it’s important to:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid sugary or alcoholic beverages, which can dehydrate you quickly.
  • With extreme high temperatures, stay in an air-conditioned building or shelter as much as possible. Using a fan as a primary cooling device doesn’t cut it.
  • If you are engaging in outdoor activities, pace yourself. Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing as well.
  • Look out for those around you. People age 65 and older at high risk for heat-related illnesses. Check on any elderly neighbors and make sure they are taken care of.
  • DO NOT, under any circumstances, leave children or pets in the car, even if the windows are cracked. Temperatures inside parked cars can rise 30-40 degrees on days where the temperature is 70… and most of the heat increase takes place in the first 15 minutes. Think of how hot cars can get during these record breaking temperatures.
  • Check the news and weather for safety updates.

Taking extra precautions in the heat can be the difference between life and death. While it is fine to enjoy the hot weather, always be cautious and know when enough is enough. Utilizing these tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe all summer long.