The Heat Is On - Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, the days are longest, and the nights are shortest. Let’s play it safe this summer and be mindful of summer safety!
Hydration - Water is necessary for the survival of the human body. Everyone needs to take in enough water and necessary minerals to regulate their body systems. When individuals become dehydrated, there are immediate effects on every part of the body. While mild dehydration usually doesn't cause serious problems, prolonged dehydration and dehydration in hot weather can lead to potentially life-threatening complications. Water is necessary for the regulation of body temperature, removal of waste, and joint lubrication. Different individuals require different amounts of water depending on their weight, level of activity, and other health-related factors. If individuals have trouble drinking water throughout the day, there are several additional ways they can ensure they get enough fluid, example would be to eat lots of fruits and vegetables like watermelon, strawberries and cantaloupe and cucumbers!
Sun Safety - Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds not only can lead to painful and ugly sunburns that can ruin summer fun, but UV is also the major cause of skin cancer and skin aging. Skin damage from every sunburn you get increases your risk of skin cancer1. Although this may sound frightening, it is never too late to pick up some good habits. Click here for some great tips https://www.sbm.org/healthy-living/sun-safety-protect-your-skin-this-summer-and-all-year-round
Heatstroke - Heatstroke is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. The good news is that it is often predictable and preventable. Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather:
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
- Protect against sunburn.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Take extra precautions with certain medications. .
- Never leave anyone in a parked car.
- Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day.
- Get acclimated.
- Be cautious if you are at increased risk.
- If heatstroke occurs, emergency treatment is required. Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles.
Grilling Safety - Grilling food is so popular that more than three-quarters of U.S. adults have used a grill — yet, grilling sparks more than 10,000 home fires on average each year. To avoid this, the Red Cross offers these grilling safety tips:
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Do not add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
- Never grill indoors — not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
- Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
- Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
- Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.