Cool Tips on How to Beat the Heat this Summer
Well it’s that time of year again, everyone is ready to begin taking summer vacations and for the children that means three months of no school. This time of the year is great, but it is also one where we should be very active in helping to prevent heat disasters, not only for children, but for everyone.
Here are a few general tips on how to prevent heat disasters and keep your family and friends safe this summer.
How to Avoid Sun Poisoning and Heat Stroke
- Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic) regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
- Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar – these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
- Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
Infants and young children
People aged 65 or older
People who have a mental illness
Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
- Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
- NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).
- Remember to wear cool, light colored, loose fitted clothing.
Safety Tips for Keeping Kids Safe
- Swimming and other water activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. Get the most from these activities while helping everyone stay safe and healthy.
- Play it safe on the playground. Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children aged 14 and younger for playground-related injuries.
- Protect your children from electronic aggression.
- Protect kids from teen dating violence.
- Learn what to do if a concussion occurs. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.