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Helpful Tips for Staying Safe During the Summer

August can be one of the hottest months of the summer, and it is never too late to be reminded that safety is crucial in the when out in the sun or in the water. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind while you are enjoying your last few weeks of summer break before the kids go back to school, and your vacation time is over. The number one tool to surviving summer is to remember that water is your best friend. Hydration is absolutely vital year round, however when spending time in the heat your body is going to need more.

Rehydrating yourself doesn’t mean you have a sip of water when you feel thirsty, it is recommended that you drink at least eight 8oz glasses of water per day. When exercising, make sure you drink extra because your body is sweating a lot of it out. Another thing to be very aware of during the summertime is heat stroke. When out in the sun for hours and you forget to have water; there is a strong chance of suffering heat stroke, perhaps not to the extreme, though it can be dangerous. If you notice yourself or someone else with extremely red dry skin, and their body temperature is over 103 degrees and they are not sweating at all, this is a sign of heat stroke.

Heat stroke then prevents their body from being able to naturally cool itself down through sweating, and they will often experience nausea and dizziness as a result. If their pulse is rapid, call 911- they may be at risk of further illness. While you wait for the ambulance keep them in the shade and find ways to cover their body with cool water. Another tool for summer days is to know CPR. The pool, lake or ocean can be a very popular and fun place to be during the hot days. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen so being prepared with CPR training just may save someone’s life. With that said, enjoy your summer, wear sunscreen, drink a lot of water and have fun while it lasts; and make safe decisions while you do!