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Tips For A Safe Summer

By Kenny Montgomery

Summer is a good time to take advantage of the great outdoors but you should also be careful. The reason? Unsupervised summer activities can endanger your life. The hot temperature and a lot of time spent outdoors can cause plenty of problems so you should be prepared.

As temperatures rise, the American Red Cross says you should protect yourself from heat-related incidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that about 400 Americans die yearly because of the sweltering heat. The National Weather Service added that excessive heat was the No. 1 weather-related killer that caused more deaths every year than floods, lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes, and winter storms from 1994 to 2003. Symptoms include thirst, cramps, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and fever.

Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Drink lots of water and be sure to observe frequent breaks while working outside. Bring water or juice with you and drink frequently even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine since these dehydrate the body. Don’t use salt tablets unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Wear the proper clothing. Clothes that are light and light-colored protect you from the sun. Accessorize with a hat or an umbrella. Eat small meals but do so as often as necessary. Don’t gobble up high-protein foods since they increase metabolic heat. If possible, stay indoors and avoid vigorous activity under the heat. If you must go out, do it when its cool, especially in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m. If you lack air-conditioning, stay on the lowest floor away from the heat. Bear in mind that electric fans don’t cool; they merely circulate the air.

If you love swimming, keep safe in the water. Enclose your pool with a fence to protect your kids. Be on the lookout for kids around the pool in spite of their swimming skills.

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