It’s hot out there: Tips for summer safety

It’s officially summer, which means we’re all spending more time outdoors – in the sun, in the water, and in the heat. That’s why we need to remain especially attentive to safety so summer stays fun for all of us. Children’s Health has a list of 10 Summer Safety Tips for Kids:

  1. Keep watch to prevent drowning.
  2. Look for signs of heat exhaustion.
  3. Check for car safety.
  4. Protect skin from the sun.
  5. Avoid bug bites.
  6. Enjoy fireworks safely.
  7. Drink enough water.
  8. Don’t monkey around.
  9. Wear life jackets on boats.
  10. Ride bikes the smart way.

Learn more about each of these tips on their website.

As you can see, they’re self-explanatory, but each one poses a real risk to the health of children – as well as adults, particularly older ones.

It’s hot out there. As our summers warm, we should be especially attentive to the risks of heat exhaustion. Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Drink enough water to prevent heat illness. An average person needs to drink about 3/4 of a gallon of water daily.
  • You can check that you are getting enough water by noting your urine color. Dark yellow may indicate you are not drinking enough.
  • Avoid sugary, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks.
  • If you are sweating a lot, combine water with snacks or a sports drink to replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • Do not rely only on electric fans during extreme heat. When temperatures are in the high 90s, fans may not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Spending a few hours each day in air conditioning can help prevent heat illness.
  • If you have air conditioning, be sure that it is in working order.
  • If you do not have air conditioning or if there is a power outage, find locations where you can stay cool. For example, a public library, shopping mall, or a public cooling center.
  • Wear lightweight, loose clothing.

What about you? Is there room around your picnic table for children this summer? If so, let’s help

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Shane Schneider

Shane is the Editorial Content Manager for the Marketing and Communications Department at Saint Francis Ministries.

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