Survival Guide for the Dog Days of Summer
With the hottest days of summer in full swing, the North Oaks Walk-In Clinics team urges you to keep your family safe and healthy with the following tips:
Look before you lock.
- High temperatures inside a closed vehicle have claimed the lives of more than 500 children
- nationwide since 1998. Never leave your child alone in the car! Make it a habit to always look
- in the front and back of your vehicle before you lock it and walk away.
Avoid excessive sun exposure.
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, even late in the day and on cloudy days to prevent
- sunburn and skin cancer. Also try to limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Keeping food at proper temperatures is key in preventing the growth of food borne bacteria.
- Never leave picnic food out for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour if outdoor temperatures are above 90° F.
- Drink a lot of water (six or more 8 oz. glasses daily). Prolonged outdoor activity may increase
- sweating and make you lose fluids more rapidly than normal. Use sports drinks, which contain
- electrolytes like sodium and potassium, to replace what the body loses through sweat. Don’t
- wait until you are thirsty to drink. Avoid alcoholic or sugar-filled beverages to conserve body
- fluid and very cold drinks to avoid stomach cramps.
- Swim with a buddy, and never leave a child unsupervised by or in a pool or waterway.
- Also take note of weather conditions; strong winds and thunderstorms with lightening strikes
- can have deadly consequences.
- Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays and introduce this habit to your
- children as early as possible. Regular use of sunglasses may reduce your risk of developing
- cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and cancerous growths.
Keep your cool.
- Heat exhaustion and heat stroke happen when the body’s internal temperature rises due to prolonged outdoor activity.
- Besides hydration, be sure to wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your cool.
- Try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.