Hot Weather Safety Tips

Hot summer days can make for great memories and lots of fun. Just make sure you take the proper precautions to ensure you, your loved ones and your pets stay safe this Summer season.

Things to be mindful of:

Drink plenty of water and hydrating fluids throughout the day. Drinks like sodas (including club soda), fruit juices with added sugars, coffee, tea and especially alcoholic beverages do the opposite - they dehydrate you. So make sure you're making good choices! It's a good idea to keep a cold gallon of water with you when you know you'll be out for a while - depending on the temperature, even a frozen gallon of water can be a lifesaver!

Wear loose-fitting, light weight clothing. Dark colors make you hotter, while light colored clothing can help keep you cooler.

Eat more frequently but make sure meals are balanced and include a lot of water-rich foods.

NEVER leave a person or pet in a parked vehicle.

Cover windows that receive a lot of morning or afternoon sun. Awnings can reduce heat by up to 75%.

Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen when outdoors.

Avoid extreme temperature changes. Taking a cold shower after being out in very high heat can cause hypothermia, especially in babies and older adults.

Keep a few bottles of water in your freezer in case the power goes out.

When playing or working, if you're performing lots of physical activity, make sure you rest often and in the air conditioning or shade if possible. And don't forget to hydrate!

Avoid being in direct sun from the hours of 10am to 4pm, if possible, when UV rays are the most intense.

Keep a wet washcloth or two in your cooler for days at the beach or pool and lay on your face and neck when you feel you may be overheating.

Always wear SPF even on days that are overcast and use a product that blocks both UVA and UVB (broad spectrum)

Don't let babies or pets be in direct sunlight for more than 15 minutes at a time.

If you are in a car, remember to bring a large stuffed animal and place it on the seat while you are not inside. When you get back, the seat will be cooler and won't burn sensitive skin.

For seniors, remember to ask for help if you do not have air conditioning. Many senior centers and coffee houses have plenty of space and AC to keep you safe and cool.

And most of all, listen to your body and be aware of signs of overheating in others. This is especially important with babies and pets who cannot communicate their distress. Following these tips will help keep you safe and happy this Summer!