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Keep Your Kids Safe in the Heat

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Summer vacation is in full-effect and children are ready to enjoy the weather. However it is important to recognize that the heat can be dangerous to your child’s health. Here are a few tips to keep them safe all summer long!

 

 

Drink water. Regardless of the activity level, make sure your kids are drinking (even if they are not thirsty!)

Try to avoid drinks that contain a lot of sugar. These can cause your kids to lose more body fluid. Also, don’t make the drinks too cold because that can cause stomachaches.

Take breaks. Throughout the day, especially in the afternoon when it gets really hot, take a break in the shade or head inside for some fun activities.

Wear the right clothing. Summer attire should be lightweight, light-colored and loose fitting.

Protect yourself from the sun. Have your child wear a hat and sunglasses. Apply sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) generously 30 minutes before you go outdoors. Don’t forget their ears, nose, lips and the tops of their feet.

Understand weather terms. The National Weather Service issues alerts for excessive heat on a county-by-county basis. Here’s what they mean:

Excessive Heat Watch: Conditions are favorable for an event to meet or exceed heat-warning criteria in the next 24-72 hours. A Watch is used when the risk of a heat wave has increased but its occurrence and timing are still uncertain.

Excessive Heat Warning: Conditions are favorable for an event to meet or exceed heat-warning criteria in the next 36 hours. In most areas, a warning will be issued if there is a heat index of at least 105°F for more than 3 hours per day for 2 consecutive days, or if the heat index is greater than 115°F for any period of time.

For more information on keeping your children safe this summer, click here.


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