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Stay Safe and Healthy This Summer

Summer seems come earlier each year. Temperatures have already been high for May and promise to heat up through the summer. Staying healthy and active even during the summer months is important. Yet, we need to make sure we stay safe in the heat, especially youngsters and the elderly.

Here are a few things you can do to help avoid getting overheated:

• Stay hydrated – Avoid caffeinated fluids and drink plenty of water.

• Avoid direct sunlight in peak hours – Pay attention to excessive heat warnings and try to avoid direct sunlight between 10am and 3pm. Also, remember to wear sunscreen at all times.

• Dress appropriately – Choose breathable fabrics like cotton, and dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.

• Avoid vigorous exercise – Don’t take on strenuous activities or exercise on very hot days, and remember to rest often if you do have to be active in hot weather.

• Check on people who live alone and never leave the elderly or children in the car
Temperatures inside vehicles can heat up by 20 degrees in 10 minutes and 30 degrees in about 20 minutes, so never leave children, the elderly or pets in the car.

• Using Air Conditioning or Fans whenever possible -The biggest protective factor in avoiding heat-related illness is air-conditioning; if it is not available, use fans or if outside, stay in the shade.