Tips for Summer Safety
Hot weather can make us all uncomfortable. The sun is shining, days are longer and school’s out for the summer. The pleasures of summer include longer, warmer and sunnier days, celebrations with family and friends. Before you even leave your house, no matter what the destination, make sure you are prepared for a day outside in the sun. By following safety tips, families can enjoy a fulfilling and pleasant summertime together.
1. Healthy Swimming behaviors are needed to protect you and your kids from recreational water illnesses, like diarrhea, and will help stop germs from getting in the pool in the first place.
2. A summer camp, whether it is a local day camp or an overnight sleep away camp, can be a great way to keep your kids occupied over the summer. But instead of over scheduling your kids with camps all summer, be sure to allow some time for free play.
3. Sun screens can help to protect your child from damage from sun exposure and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
4. Foodborne illness and food poisoning do increase in the summer months, when the weather is warmer, allowing bacteria to grow faster, and more people are having picnics, barbecues and camping trips.
5. Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Monitor young children and elderly people because they are more sensitive to the heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Make sure everyone is wearing appropriate clothing light colored nothing too heavy. If you are heading for the pool or beach, be sure to bring a change of clothing along with any gear you’ll require like goggles or swim wings.
6. During the summer heat it is especially important to drink lots of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Avoid liquids with alcohol or sugar, they will cause you to lose more body fluid. Stay away from very cold drinks, they can cause stomach cramps.
7. Hot air can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s tires, causing them to expand, which can have severe consequences while you’re driving, because over inflated tires reduce the tread contact your tires have with the road. The key is to check your tire pressure on a regular basis at least once a month. And don’t wait until your tires are cold before changing the pressure.
8. Wear shoes designed for the activity, such as biking shoes, walking shoes or running shoes. They should be comfortable and provide stability to your foot.
9. To avoid life-threatening heat stroke avoid strenuous activities during high temperatures. Do activities during cooler evening hours.
10. Children and adults should wear helmets when riding bicycles, motorcycles, skateboards or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The most effective way to prevent head injuries is to wear a properly fitting helmet.
11. Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall, public library or any other venue that does, as even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
12. Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle when the weather is hot.
13. Headache, confusion, dizziness or nausea when you’re in a hot place or during hot weather could be a sign of a heat-related illness. Seek out a doctor or an emergency room to find out if you need treatment. So pay attention to the weather reports. You are more at risk as the temperature or humidity rises or when there is an air pollution alert in effect.