It’s summertime, and you and your family enjoy being active outdoors as much as possible. Keep these tips in mind to make sure you stay safe:
· To prevent heat-related illnesses, drink more nonalcoholic fluids; don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Take a cool bath or shower or go somewhere where there’s air conditioning. NEVER leave anyone or any pet in a closed, parked vehicle. If you experience symptoms of heat exhaustion (heavy sweating, weakness, clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, fainting), move to a cooler location, sip water, and apply cool wet cloths to your skin. If you have symptoms of heat stroke (high body temperature, hot skin, rapid and strong pulse) call 911 immediately.
· Wear your helmet when you go bike riding; you reduce risk of injury to your head by 85% when you wear a well-fitting helmet, according to WebMD.
· Supervise children when they are near water. Drowning is the second-leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 1 and 14. Never swim alone. Take swimming lessons if you don’t know how to swim; don’t rely on swimming aids for safety. Know the signs of someone in distress. Get out of the water immediately if you hear thunder or see lightning.
· In severe weather, listen for warnings with a weather radio. Thunderstorms can be as dangerous as tornadoes; they can produce winds exceeding 100 miles per hour. Move to appropriate shelter if you are in a storm’s path. Every thunderstorm produces lightning — get inside a building if you can. If you are caught in an open area, crouch down, but don’t lie on the ground. If there is a tornado warning, go to the lowest level you can in a building. Stay away from windows and glass. If you are in a vehicle, and can’t get to shelter, stay in it with the seat belt on. Move your head below the windows and cover your head.
Stay safe this summer, and we hope see you around the Warrenville Park District!