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Summer Fun Safety Tips
With the summer season upon us, taking a few precautions and using a little common sense can go a long way to help ensure a safe and enjoyable summer season.
Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water while spending time outdoors is the easiest way to stay hydrated and help avoid heat related injuries. Stay away from caffeinated/sugary drinks which could actually speed up dehydration.
Use sunscreen: Let's face it, no one wants to wear long sleeves and pants in 80+ degree weather. The use of sunscreen (spf 30 or higher) can help prevent sunburn and make your time outdoors more enjoyable.
Limit time outdoors: Limiting your time outdoors when the heat really ramps up will help avoid heat exhaustion. Alternate outdoor activity with some time indoors in an AC cooled area. As always, listen to your body. It will often give you signs that things are not right. Mild symptoms of heat exhaustion may include feeling thirsty, fatigue and cramps (legs or abdominal). If left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heatstroke.
Keep an eye on young children &
Check on the elderly: Little kids and the elderly feel the effects of the heat and humidity much quicker than we do. Make sure they have an air conditioned environment available and limit their time outdoors.
NEVER leave people or pets in your car: The temperature in a parked car can skyrocket in the heat of summer, even if the windows are cracked and even if it's only for a few minutes. Never leave anyone, including pets, in a hot car.
These are just some of the things that summer time makes us think about. Everyone wants to have a summer filled with fun and enjoyment of the outdoors. Be smart and use common sense and you can avoid some of the common causes of heat related injuries that summer can bring.
As always, if you have any heat related emergencies this summer, please don't hesitate to call 911. You can also stop by any of the town firehouses' with questions or concerns. Be safe, have fun and enjoy your summer!