Hot enough for you? It seems we waited a long time this year for summer to arrive, and suddenly it’s here and — in many parts of Maryland and Virginia — it’s sizzling! Now is a good time to review, and remember, some basic summer safety rules:
Beat the Heat
Try to stay indoors, in the shade, and if possible, in air conditioning. Take it easy; do not over-exert yourself. Stay hydrated. If you must go outdoors, follow this advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including limiting outdoor activity to morning and evenings; cutting down on exercise, resting often in the shade, wearing a hat and sunglasses and using sunscreen.
The higher temperatures go, the more dangerous they become. Be sure you recognize the symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. And, know what to do if there is a heat emergency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also suggests protective steps and first aid measures prior to and during a heat wave.
Children are particularly susceptible to danger in extreme heat situations. Find advice about keeping kids safe in the heat at Care.com. While you’re there, check out the water safety and tick and mosquito precautions, too. And — it goes without saying — rain or shine, winter or summer, NEVER leave a young child or pets unattended in a vehicle, for any reason.
Look Out for Others
Be sure to check on family, friends and neighbors during a heat wave, especially the elderly and others at high risk. Don’t forget about your pets too. Summer can pose dangers for them as well, including heat stroke. Here’s what the Humane Society says about keeping animals cool when temperatures soar.
Stay safe, try and keep cool and enjoy the rest of your summer!