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Here are some hot weather safety tips to consider during these "dog days" of summer - BE CAREFUL!

  • Take it easy and slow down: Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day.  Children, seniors and anyone with health issues should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Dress for summer: Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
  • DRINK PLENTY OF WATER (not very cold), non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty. If you are on a fluid restrictive diet or have a problem with fluid retention, consult a physician before increasing consumption of fluids.
  • Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls, libraries, museums or movie theaters, for example.
  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
  • Do not direct the flow of portable fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90 degrees. The dry blowing air will dehydrate you faster, endangering your health.
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun.  Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Keep your children, disabled adults, and pets safe during tumultuous heat waves.  Be sure to check on older, sick or frail people who may need help responding to the heat. Make sure outdoor pets have shaded place to stay and that they have plenty of fresh water.

Parents, here are additional tips for child safety in the car in hot weather:

  • Touch a child's safety seat and safety belt before using to ensure it is not too hot before securing a child
  • NEVER leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down, EVER FOR JUST A MINUTE
  • Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.  They could accidentally trap themselves in a hot vehicle.
  • Always lock car doors and trunks - even at home - and keep keys out of children's reach.
  • Always make sure children have left the car when you reach your destination.  Don't leave sleeping infants in the car for even a moment - EVER!

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