We are well within the dog days of summer, some of the hottest days of the year. Days filled with being outside, playing in pools/sprinklers, and eating ice cream. But heat stroke is a real threat, especially for the young and elderly.
Sadly, we hear all too often of a small child dying in a hot car. Property Casualty 360 has a good list of reminders and suggestions to help prevent this kind of tragedy, including:
- Have a gentle reminder, something in your front seat that reminds you to look in your back seat (such as a teddy bear or child’s shoe). Or, place some of your items in the back with the child (such as a cell phone or purse).
- Keep track of your car keys to help prevent a small child from accessing the car without your knowledge.
- Act to save a life. If you see a child alone in a hot car, alert the authorities.
The Mayo Clinic has some more general suggestions that are appropriate for all ages, including:
- Take extra precautions with certain medications, especially those that can “affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated or dissipate heat.”
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
How do you stay cool during the hottest parts of the day/summer?