Safety Tips For Warmer Temperatures
Temperatures heated up very quickly over the weekend. As temperatures rise there are a few things we all need to remember. Here are some quick safety tips to remember for Idaho's hot summer months:
- Sunscreen: kids can get a sunburn from the even if they are only outside for an hour. Wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15. Apply at least 30 minutes prior to going outdoors, and reapply as necessary.
-Rest frequently in shady areas so that the body's temperature has a chance to recover.
If unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, gradually increase the pace and limit exercise or work time.
-Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing; sunglasses to protect the eyes; and a wide-brimmed hat to provide shade and keep the head cool.
-Take special precaution with infants and young children by dressing them in loose, cool clothing and shading their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. Protect their feet with shoes.
- Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle.
- Increase fluid intake, regardless of activity level. Don't wait until thirsty to drink fluids; drink more liquid than one's thirst indicates.
- Avoid "heat hangover." Continue to drink fluids even after strenuous activity. This will enable the body to maintain optimum hydration, and help prevent the after effects of heat exposure such as headaches and fatigue.
- Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as they dehydrate the body.
- Avoid very cold beverages as they cause stomach cramps.