Summer has finally arrived and….as the temperatures continue to soar…..there are a few things we need to keep in mind when it comes to sun and heat safety.
Did you know that one of the biggest weather related risks during the summer months is the possibility of a child dying in a vehicle from heat stroke?? In fact, the temperature inside a closed vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and can reach 140 to 190 degrees within 30 minutes on a hot, sunny day. The National Weather Service is calling everyone to “Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat!” - hoping to prevent small children AND pets from being left in a smoldering car for even a few moments. Watch the short video below for more information on how quickly vehicles can heat up in the summer.
Summer is a time for fun – outdoor activities, swimming and poolside, grilling, sports, and festivals. Just keep in mind the risks of Heat Disorders: sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke – which are serious and can be life threatening. Pay attention to the outside temperature and heat index and plan according, such as avoiding strenuous outside activities, drinking plenty of water, wearing light and breathable clothing, and avoiding alcoholic beverages.
Check out the chart below for more information on symptoms of heat disorders and steps to take if someone is suffering.
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