“While summer is a great time to be outside and active, it is important to make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves safely,” said Yingling. “While following guidelines regarding COVID-19 is important this summer, knowing how to handle summer-related activities safely, such as being outside during the heat and being around a pool, is also important in keeping everyone safe.”
Yingling is reminding residents of various safety precautions that they should take during the summer. With the temperatures rising, residents should be on the lookout for signs of heat-related illness. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a fast pulse, headaches, dizziness, and fainting are signs of both heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Children under the age of 4 are at greater risk for heat-related illness.
Residents who look to beat the summer heat by using a pool or other bodies of water should also be aware of water safety tips. Supervising children around water, teaching children to swim properly, and knowing CPR are all ways to reduce risk when it comes to water-related activities. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of injury death for children under the age of 4.
“The summer offers many great opportunities for families to be active and outside, but with that comes a few risks,” Yingling said. “Taking a few moments to learn common and easy to implement safety tips is an important step in having a safe and happy summer.”
For more information on beating the summer heat, residents can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) website at www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summer/index.htm.
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